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Kangana Ranuat slammed Rani Mukherjee for discrediting ‘Me Too’ movement

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut slammed Rani Mukherjee’s recent statement on revolutionary ‘Me Too’ movement against sexual harassment.

When asked about her opinion on the Mukherjee’s controversial statement, the Tanu Weds Manu actress said the support should be given to those who need to be empowered.

“People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but if our society can produce a woman like Rani Laxmi Bai, then why not, they must not be discouraged. 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,” Kangana said.

Read more: Pretty ‘Preity Zinta’ slammed for mocking Me Too movement

Recently, Rani Mukherjee encountered an onslaught of criticism for her controversial statement on Me Too and the victims of sexual harassment.

Expressing her perspective at the actresses’ roundtable conference hosted by film critic Rajeev Masand, Rani 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.”

The latest round-table conference by Indian journalist Rajeev Masand featured some of Bollywood’s biggest female stars: Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Tabu, Rani Mukerji and Tapsee Pannu.

Read more: Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu laud #MeToo movement

The actresses like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma though countered Rani’s stance and said not all the women are grown up to be courageous enough to speak or defend themselves.

Rani’s comments, however, met severe criticism on social media as well as one follower on Twitter stated, Many of the followers denounced Mukherjee’s stance “I think Rani Mukherjee should take a cue from her husband and shun appearances with such archaic views,” said one user.

“First Preity Zinta and now, Rani Mukherjee. Journalists, please please do not ask any other 90s actresses about #MeTooIndia. I can’t see them all ruining their image and fall so low,” wrote another.

Read more: #MeToo gains momentum in India: Karim Morani accused of rape

Earlier, Preity Zinta was also heard taking a dig at Me Too movement on social media. Zinta also called Indian film industry one of the safest places to work for women.