‘DON’T TELL US WHAT TO WEAR’

Kriti Sanon tells ev­ery­one to stop carp­ing about women’s clothes

HT City - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

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.”

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

KRITI SANON, AC­TOR

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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