A man pinched me on my butt, Kangana Ranaut


Kangana Ranaut also speaks about her #MeToo movement but says she was harassed several times on the film set but it wouldn’t fall under #MeToo as it was not sexual. The actress said that the experience was daunting and humiliating.  

"Harassment happens on many levels. So many times on sets, I wasn't sexually harassed, but some people had ego issues. I was harassed on many other fronts. It wouldn't come under #MeToo but it was still harassment," Kangana told PTI.

Talking about the type of harassments, Kangana said, "Making me wait on set for six hours, willingly giving me wrong call time to make me stand, always giving me the wrong set of dates so I'm missing out on opportunities and then cancelling the schedule last minute by these heroes."

"Ganging up on me and not inviting me to film events, launching trailers without me and then someone else dubbed for me without even telling me, which is violating the basic right of taking permission from an actor," she added.

The ‘Queen’ actress said that due to the #MeToo movement, men in the industry are scared. "People are scared, obviously and they should be. Men are scared in the industry. This isn't going to stop. This will continue till we really go into the root cause of it because essentially it's a patriarchal society which is extremely chauvinistic," she said.

"We need to come to a point where they are scared. All the talks of ‘what if women lose work’ should stop . I believe there's no life without dignity. You shouldn't worry about raising your voice," Kangana added.

Kangana shared one incident of harassment, “I was pinched on my butt in the middle of a group and that person was right there, looking at me. It was not even sexual, it was like ‘I did exactly what I was not supposed to do’. And looking me in the eye like ‘what are you going to do now?’ So, what do you expect?

“I think somewhere we should tell the girls that there are a few rules. Don’t say ‘maybe,’ when you want to say ‘no’, it’s important. Your safety doesn’t mean you can do taekwondo and karate. It also means you go to someone who can save you; it may be a teacher, an uncle you trust, a friend, or the Mumbai Police, or go to the media, find a journalist and expose them,” she added.

The 31-old-actress said going forward strict rules and immediate action policy should be implemented to make film sets safer for women.

"On film sets there have to be strict rules and strict action should be taken. Things can't be solved on a personal level or behind closed doors. Things should be taken to authority and immediate action is the need of the hour. When anyone raises concern, people-director, producer or anyone-need to solve it. We need to become more sensitive about these things," she said.

On the work front, Kangana Ranaut will be next seen in ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhanshi’ which is slated to release on January 25.