Kangana Ranaut is in the news these days after she announced that she is turning to politics and will be contesting in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidate from the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.

Soon after in a now deleted post by Congress leader Supriya Shrinate’s Instagram account where featuring a photograph of Ranaut, Shrinate commented “Kya bhav chal raha hai Mandi main koi batayega (can someone say what is the going rate in Mandi).”

This quickly snowballed into a much bigger controversy after Ranaut responded to the post and the public reaction it got. However, in the midst of this, Ranaut’s own old comments about other women berating and insulting them similarly resurfaced.

What Did Kangana Ranaut Say?

Ranaut posted a screenshot of Shrinate’s post and wrote on X/Twitter “Dear Supriya ji. In the last 20 years of my career as an artist, I have played all kinds of women. From a naive girl in Queen to a seductive spy in Dhaakad, from a goddess in Manikarnika to a demon in Chandramukhi, from a prostitute in Rajjo to a revolutionary leader in Thalaivii.

We must free our daughters from the shackles of prejudices, we must rise above the curiosity about their body parts and above all we must refrain from using sex workers’ challenging lives or circumstances as some kind of abuse or slur… every woman deserves her dignity.”

In another post, Ranaut wrote “If a young man gets ticket, his ideology is attacked. If a young woman gets ticket, her sexuality is attacked. Strange!! Also Congress people are sexualising a small town’s name. Mandi is being used in sexual context everywhere, just because it has a young woman candidate. Shame on Congress people for displaying sexist tendencies.”

Shrinate has since backtracked on the post, first deleting it and then clarifying that it was not her and someone else who had access to her accounts.

Speaking with The Indian Express she said “The mischief was started by somebody who runs a parody account in my name on Twitter (X) and I have no clue who this person is. The moment it was brought to my notice, I reported that account to Twitter (X). Somebody who had access to my Meta accounts posted that objectionable content there and I obviously immediately deleted it.”

She also posted on her social media writing “Someone who had access to my Meta accounts (FB and Insta) posted an absolutely disgusting and objectionable post, which has been taken down. Anyone who knows me will know I would never say that for a woman. However, a parody account that I have just discovered misusing my name is being run on Twitter (@Supriyaparody) which started the whole mischief, and is being reported.”

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However, though many supported Kangana’s response and hailed her for calling out the sexism, some also bought up how the actress didn’t really have much ground considering she herself has used similar language for other women before.

During a Times Now interview in 2020, Kangana had actually called actress Urmila Matondkar a “soft porn star” after the latter had also joined politics with a Congress ticket.

She said “I saw one very derogatory interview given by Urmila Matondkar. The way she was talking about me, pulling faces, making a mockery about my struggles, attacking me on the fact that I am trying to appease BJP for a ticket. One doesn’t have to be a genius to figure that for me it is not very difficult to get a ticket. Urmila is a soft porn star. She is not known for her acting for sure, what is she known for? For doing soft porn right. If she could get a ticket, why wouldn’t I get a ticket?”

In 2021, Ranaut made comments about Rihanna, after the popstar had posted in support of the farmer’s protest in Punjab that were going on then.

Ranaut commented on Rihanna’s post about the protest and wrote “No one is talking about it because they are not farmers they are terrorists who are trying to divide India, so that China can take over our vulnerable broken nation and make it a Chinese colony much like USA… Sit down you fool, we are not selling our nation like you dummies.”

Speaking about Rihanna, Kangana also said “She can shake her bum cheeks and expose her a** crack right in to the camera lens while singing. Ya that’s all. Nothing else” and called her a “porn singer” in a tweet.

Not just that, she had also, in 2020 called an older senior woman at the farmers’ protest the Bilkis Dadi, and said “she is available in 100 rupees”. Kangana also commented on Deepika Padukone who is open about her mental health struggles and said that “depression ka dhandha chalane walon ki public ne unki aukat dikhadi.”

She even called Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhasker ‘B-grade actresses’ a few years back, so the fact that Kangana is taking offence when the same comments are being said about her is surely something to consider.

This doesn’t mean Kangana deserves those comments in the first place, no woman does, so applying her own words that “every woman deserves her dignity,” hopefully Kangana will remember her own words when talking about other women and trying to berate them.

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Sources: Hindustan Times, The Economic Times, Firstpost

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