Rani suggests martial arts as solution to harassment

In a recent roundtable interview, Indian journalist Rajeev Masand spoke to Bollywood’s leading actresses Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukerji, Tabu, Anushka Sharma, Taapse Pannu and Alia Bhatt about the success of their groundbreaking roles in recent films.

One particular instance from the show, however, has left many viewers baffled: While talking about the #MeToo movement, Rani Mukerji suggested that women should protect themselves and take their own responsibility instead of expecting men to change.

When asked if there has been a fundamental change after the movement took Bollywood by storm, Alia replied, “There has, but I also have a fear related to that; I hope that this does not become another reason to not employ women.”

It was all fine till Rani chipped in. “I think it’s important for women to believe in themselves and say if they don’t want this to happen, it will not happen. And if they are ever in a situation like that, they should make sure that the man suffers right there and then. Like either kick him between his legs or give him a slap of his lifetime so it makes him fearful of doing this to ladies here forth. I think you have to have the courage to protect yourself and to be able to say it,” she said.