Sonam Kapoor calls out sexist headlines, posts by several media publications

Bollywood actress and style icon Sonam Kapoor was recently photographed at a promotional event, where she spoke about censorship and how she believes that there should be no restrictions when it comes to personal choices.

Sonam Kapoor Image courtesy: Reuters

Sonam Kapoor. Image courtesy: Reuters

In the photographs from the event, she can be seen wearing a black Rasario Atelier jumpsuit which has ruffles around the neckline.

Kapoor was photographed in a manner where her cleavage and the side of her body were made prominent. Additionally, she was described as being "awkward" and "uncomfortable" by several media publications.

Not one to mince her words, Kapoor responded to these articles with tweets condemning their sexist perspective, and letting them know that she was indeed comfortable:

This is not the first time that an actress in India or abroad has been put on the splotlight for what she decided to wear or how she carried it.

In October 2016, Parched actress Radhika Apte was asked by a reporter about the leaked nuked scenes from her film at a store launch.

Apte responded by saying this: "My friend! Sorry! But your question is very ridiculous. Controversies are made by the people like you. You saw the clip? You shared it with other people? You are the person that controversies are made out of. I'm an artiste and if I'm required to do certain job, I will do it."

These articles about Sonam Kapoor have emerged at the same time as several International publications chose to comment on Nicki Minaj's outfit at a Paris Fashion Week show, which highlighted how much of her breasts she had exposed in her outfit.

While Minaj has not commented about the way her outfit was covered, Harry Potter.. actress Emma Watson did respond to critics who accused her for going against her feminist values by recently participating in a topless photo shoot for a cover of Vanity Fair.

Deepika Padukone has reportedly been paid a Rs 12 crore salary (10 crore plus taxes) for Sanjay leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati'. Photo courtesy Solaris Images

Deepika Padukone has earlier indulged in a war of words with Times of India over a photograph. Photo courtesy Solaris Images

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is... Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it,” Watson said in response.

That this issue is pertinent is evident from the sheer number of times that actresses have been documented in this way. Men in the film industry are not subjected to such treatment; at least not as much as their female counterparts.

The photographs always focus on how short or how revealing an outfit is and the words are always titillating, thus reducing women to their body parts. Their craft or what they have to say hardly seem to matter.

It's been four years since Deepika Padukone openly slammed a newspaper for its distasteful reportage of her outfit, but Bollywood actresses still have to deal with "controversies" of this sort, amidst other issues like the existing wage gap.


Published Date: Mar 06, 2017 04:25 pm | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 04:29 pm