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Trisha says she is not a feminist at all, but believes in equality

Trisha addressed the press on Sunday to promote her film Mohini. When asked if she was a feminist, Trisha said she believes in equality, not feminism.

regional movies Updated: Jul 23, 2018 17:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Actor Trisha will next be seen in the horror film Mohini, slated to release on July 27.

Actor Trisha addressed the press on Sunday to promote her upcoming horror film Mohini, where she was asked about pay disparity, gender bias at workplace and more. The actor’s response has left many in shock. Speaking about gender bias, she said, “Gender bias is universal, something that’s there in every industry. I’m not a feminist at all. I believe in equality. Fortunately, my journey has been very cushioned in this industry. I haven’t felt the bias.”

The accepted definition of feminism in simple terms is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes”. Despite feminism standing for equality, both Indian and international celebrities have taken pains to emphasise that they are not feminists but believe in equality. It can be ignorance or an attempt to avoid tags that come from being a feminist. Both are hard to fathom for women in influential positions who are reaping the benefits of what feminism has achieved till date.

In Trisha’s case, the comment is especially shocking as she was recently appointed UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for child rights.

She also spoke about pay disparity and said that the actors are able to demand more money because the movie sells on their name. When actors like Nayanthara and Samantha Akkineni are enjoying stardom that is equal to their male contemporaries in the industry, this excuse for pay disparity in the industry from an actor who has been a part of it for two decades now is surprising.

Actor Trisha, who has made her debut in the Malayalam film industry might want to learn a thing or two from actors who recently stood up for their colleague who was sexually assaulted and their right by quitting AMMA.

At the meet, Trisha also announced that the film speaks about child abuse. She explains that the reason for revenge stems from the childhood of the lead character. The actor spoke about this when she was asked her opinion about the recent child abuse case in Chennai. She said, “When I was a kid, when I used to shuttle between two countries, people kept saying India is the safest country. But now I’ve seen it change in the last 20 years and it is very heartbreaking. People no longer call India safe. We can’t immediately eradicate what is happening. Education for parents and children, awareness and strict legal system can help change it slowly.”

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First Published: Jul 23, 2018 17:37 IST