Fem­i­nism is a way of life for Swara

Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar doesn't get peo­ple who say they're not fem­i­nists

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar (right) has al­ways been vo­cal about is­sues, es­pe­cially the ones per­tain­ing to women. The 29-year-old who has im­pressed fans and crit­ics with films such as Nil Bat­tey San­nata (2016), Anaarkali of Aarah (2017) and Lis­ten...Ameya (2013)says that fem­i­nism is a way of life. “I am an un­apolo­getic fem­i­nist. But I think it’s a mis­un­der­stood term. My question to those who say that they are not fem­i­nists, frankly, would be, ‘why not?’” she says.

Call­ing the move­ment pos­i­tive and peace­ful, Swara be­lieves that it’s about get­ting equal rights, not just for women but also for men. “This no­tion that it is a move­ment to get more rights for women, than for men is a very un­for­tu­nate mis­un­der­stand­ing of what it ac­tu­ally is. I see it as a peace­ful move­ment that has never cre­ated any wars or vi­o­lence. So it should not be ma­ligned for any rea­son,” says the ac­tor.

Swara feels an­gry that many peo­ple try to ad­vo­cate fem­i­nism, when they ac­tu­ally don’t un­der­stand what it means. “I think a true fem­i­nist won’t be one who says women are the real vic­tims or use a false case against a man. To me, a wo­man who is tak­ing ad­van­tage of one Ar­ti­cle or a law is not a true fem­i­nist. A real one will never vic­timise a man by us­ing a fake case,” adds Swara, who will next be act­ing in a film, along­side Ka­reena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor.

Fem­i­nism, she feels, is the rea­son why most women to­day are able to chart pro­fes­sional paths for them­selves. “It’s the rea­son we have the right to vote and we have equal pay for equal work or even if it means we are dis­cussing it. It’s the rea­son why so many women are able to get paid ma­ter­nity leave,” she says.

Fem­i­nism should not be ma­ligned for any rea­son. It is a peace­ful move­ment that has never cre­ated vi­o­lence SWARA BHASKAR, AC­TOR

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