Women's Day: 9 times Bollywood's leading ladies stood up to sexism

Women’s Day: 9 times Bollywood’s leading ladies stood up to sexism

You go, girl

By ELLE team  February 26th, 2019

 Whether it’s hitting back at trolls, or criticizing a misogynistic media report, here are 9 celebrities who have called out sexism:

DEEPIKA PADUKONE

The star savagely took down a media giant that tried to turn Deepika's "cleavage show" into news. Taking to Twitter, she wrote: Supposedly India's 'LEADING' newspaper and this is 'NEWS'!!?? YES!I am a Woman.I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!?? Dont talk about Woman's Empowerment when YOU don't know how to RESPECT Women!'


PARINEETI CHOPRA

At a press conference organised by a sanitary napkin company, a young male reporter referred to menstruation as a problem, and Parineeti was having none of it. "When you don't get periods, that's a problem," she said. She also made the reporter repeat his question until he uttered the word 'period'.


SONAKSHI SINHA

When Kamaal R Khan tweeted asking users to RT if they thought Deepika Padukone and Parineeti Chopra had the biggest butt in Bollywood, Sonakshi wasted no time in hitting back. 'Please RT this if you think @kamaalrkhan is a woman disrespecting waste of space and deserves to be hung upside down and given 4 tight slaps.'


SONAM KAPOOR

Sonam was trolled for "revealing too much" at an event, after a newspaper ran photographs where you could see perhaps a little more than what she intended. 'sexist nonsense. The photogs went out of their way to take these pics.. and frankly I don't give a damn,I'm proud of my body!' she tweeted in response.


ANUSHKA SHARMA

The actor-producer called out the inherent sexism in Bollywood in an interview. "When actors produce a film they get a huge amount of money. But when I was making NH10 I had to literally say, I will produce the film so that the film can be made in that much of a budget, otherwise this film cannot be made. So you have to always feel that discrimination. And it’s not just with money. I swear to God, when you are on an outdoor schedule you know the guy is gonna get a better room than you. Why does that need to happen? I am sure every hotel has two really good rooms," she said.


KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN

The relentless hounding and speculation that followed around a pregnant Kareena was not something she took lying down. "I’m pregnant, not a corpse. And what maternity break? It’s the most normal thing on earth to produce a child. It is high time the media back off, and stop treating me any different than I ever was. Anybody who is bothered shouldn’t work with me… but my work goes on as is, like always. Stop making it a national casualty,” she snapped in an interview.


KANGANA RANAUT

A reporter made the mistake of asking the firebrand actor about the 'shelf life' of female actors. "People very conveniently ask these questions to women. But they would never ask this question to a man. This question itself is unfair and shouldn't be asked," she said. Amen to that.


PRIYANKA CHOPRA

The actor was criticised (by trolls, not legit people) for wearing a knee-length dress for a meeting with PM Modi. Priyanka clapped back by posting an Instagram picture with her mother where they're both wearing outfits that end above their knees. 'Legs for days.... #itsthegenes with @madhuchopra nights out in #Berlin #beingbaywatch,' she captioned the post.


ALIA BHATT

Talking about moral policing, the actor pointed out that clothing is an important issue, but only for girls. "I've never seen such concern with respect to men or boys. I've never heard that a boy is told not to wear shorts because there could be a security concern. This happens because of the way the society looks at it," she said.