Rani Mukerji has been getting quite a hard time since a television debate on the #MeToo movement.
The actress sparked controversy for saying how women should need to change in today’s times. She said, “I think as a woman you have to be that powerful within yourself, you have to believe that you’re so powerful that if you ever come into a situation like that you have the courage to say back off. I think you have to have the courage to be able to protect yourself. You have to take responsibility for your own self.”
Reacting to this, Ranaut without mentioning any names was quoted in DNA India saying, “People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but agar Rani Laxmi Bai jaise ladkiyan agar humari society humein de sakti hai toh why not, unko discourage nahi karna chahiye. If they are strong women, we should not discourage women. I was 16-years-old when I filed my first FIR against sexual assault so there are people who can stand up for themselves, they shouldn’t be discouraged.”
She added, “Like I said, we should empower who need it. But, not necessarily everyone needs empowerment. Some people can give empowerment also. Some people are givers, the ones who can should be encouraged to give strength, people who are working with NGOs.”
Ranaut will next be seen in ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, out on 25th January 2019.