Actress and producer Raveen Tandon has written a rather-thought provoking blog post about how much Bollywood has changed over the last few years.
In the blog post, a part of which has also been published by a leading daily, Raveena cites the example of the ongoing legal battle between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan to explain how social media and changing perceptions have encouraged actresses to be more vocal.
Here are seven select lines from Raveena's blog:
1. "In the 1990s, this was so prevalent, a married actor would have a discreet affair with the young heroine he was working with and expected the girl to show no emotion or sign of involvement" (sic).
2. "Today social media is abuzz with Kangana Ranaut. She is becoming the symbol /poster girl for feminists across most in support for. I remember first seeing Kangana when she won the newcomers award at an award show in London many years ago, what really impressed me about her was in her acceptance speech , she humbly stated that I will speak in Hindi as my English is not so good (sic)".
3. "She, I believe, is someone who will tell the truth, and stand by it. Some do believe and I do too that intimate details about a relationship need not be made public as what happens between two people is for them to know and decide, who are we to judge? (sic)"
4. "The industry was and maybe is still a hero-oriented one where terms and conditions are dictated by superstar male actors. But the slight shift is there for all to see (sic)".
5. "Much before my generation, in the 70s, some heroines were driven to paranoia and ultimately declare schizophrenics and written off (sic)".
6. "In the 90s (my generation) the girls fought back but silently. If they spoke, either they were labelled pathological liars or as the macho heroes would show their bravado by threatening in the next glossy headline as how they would smash the girls face or bash her the next time they saw her or she spoke about them - whereas the girls would quietly pick up the pieces of their hearts and careers and try to let their work speak (sic)".
7. "Most of the heroines I know secretly might be rooting for Kangana and identifying on some of the points that she's made. If I applaud Kangana today, is not for that I have already judged who is right or in the wrong, just that it's high time women find their voice, speak up, and get their due out there (sic)".
You can read her entire post here.