I’m a fighter, and won’t sup­port any in­jus­tice against women: Bhumi

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Any kind of in­jus­tice against women won’t be tol­er­ated, be it sex­ual ha­rass­ment, or women not be­ing given their due in terms of equal pay, po­si­tion, and au­thor­ity at work, says Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Bhumi Ped­nekar. At a time when the #MeToo and #Time­sUp cam­paigns (against sex­ual ha­rass­ment and other forms of gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion) and sim­i­lar plat­forms are bring­ing peo­ple around the world to­gether, the ac­tor urges all women to stand up for their rights.

“As a woman, my stance is that I’m a fighter, and in no way will I sup­port any kind of in­jus­tice against women in our so­ci­ety. It can be with me or with any­body else — I en­cour­age that we have a voice,” says the ac­tor, adding that though she has never faced any such thing, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t ex­ist, and that she wouldn’t turn a blind eye to it.

Bhumi, who has played women with a lot of courage and char­ac­ter in all her three films so far — Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015); Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han (both in 2017) — also urges women of ev­ery age, and from all seg­ments of so­ci­ety, to join hands and fight in­jus­tice to­gether. “Women face so much at var­i­ous lev­els — it can be as sim­ple as the com­mon be­lief that a woman is in­ca­pable of do­ing cer­tain things, or the fact that even if you do some­thing wrong to her, she won’t speak up for fear of em­bar­rass­ment... The time is here that we all should fight against such wrongs,” says Bhumi, who plays a fe­male da­coit in her next film, Son Chiriya.

She urges ev­ery­one to raise their voice against ev­ery kind of in­jus­tice: “Ja­han pe aap pe aty­achar hota hain, awaaz uthao, uska samna karo (When­ever you’re wronged, raise your voice, con­front the wrong-doer)... And you will see how your be­hav­iour shocks the of­fend­ers. What will also sur­prise you is how much sup­port you will get from ev­ery­one.”

Bhumi Ped­nekar plays a da­coit in her next film

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