Kriti Sanon hits out at trolls and morality police: Don’t tell women what to wear

After actor Priyanka Chopra’s dress controversy, following her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Kriti Sanon hits back at those who direct vitriol at women for wearing so-called ‘indecent’ clothes.

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2017 17:21 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Actor Kriti Sanon talks about women’s empowerment and how everyone should stop obsessing over women’s clothes.(Amal Ks/ HT Photo)

“It’s high time that people stopped commenting on what women wear. It’s our choice,” says actor Kriti Sanon, on a recent visit to Delhi to promote her film. Her reference is to controversies around female actors’ clothes, with Internet trolls going all out after Priyanka Chopra (for wearing a short dress when meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi), Fatima Sana Shaikh (for posting a swimsuit photo during Ramzan) and Deepika Padukone (for her clothes in a magazine shoot).

Kriti feels very strongly about society trying to dictate what women should wear or shouldn’t wear. Going back to the Priyanka-Modi meeting, she says, “Even Modi sir was not wearing a kurta pyjama; he was wearing a suit, which is Western. And Priyanka was wearing something very decent. It wasn’t vulgar attire. People need to stop telling women what to wear, or else it should be mentioned that if you’re meeting so and so, please wear a burkha.”

The 26-year-old actor believes that Priyanka, who has worked in Hollywood projects such as Quantico and Baywatch and has become a popular name even in the Western entertainment circuit, has made India proud. “Priyanka is someone who represents India in so many ways and has made us proud in the entire world. She’s not someone who will do anything that harms India’s pride,” says Kriti.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), Kriti had posted a video about the need to start taking action and stop bullying women.

“If you have to only talk about women’s empowerment and not do anything, then just stop talking,” says Kriti. “We have to stop emphasising that women need still more empowerment, because then it means that we’re weak. It has to become [the belief] that men and women are equal.”

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First Published: Jun 18, 2017 17:20 IST