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Bollywood Actresses Who Smashed Patriarchy

Showbiz Jul 01, 2015

Last week, actress Rose McGowan was in the news for calling out the casting note for an Adam Sandler film that required actresses to show their cleavage with pushup bras. McGowan's also claimed her agent had fired her for speaking out, but it was revealed that the agent had left the agency before this incident. These kinds of incidents highlight the fact that inequality and inherent sexism is still pervasive in Hollywood. Bollywood can be equally brutal for actresses, but with actresses like Kangana Ranaut or Vidya Balan speaking out, hopefully the status quo will change soon.

We decided to take a look at the times when Bollywood actresses called out the inequities and sexism in their industry. 

Kangana Ranaut critiquing the constant shelf life of an actress question.

Images courtesy Bollywoodkamazza


Vidya Balan calling out the media scrutiny on women's bodies.

Images courtesy EverythingVidyaBalan

When Deepika Padukone took no crap from this egregious journalist who asked her if she overreacted to The Times of India controversy. 

Images courtesy Baawri

Anushka Sharma's response to her being a "distraction" to Virat Kohli during the ICC Cricket World Cup.

Images courtesy Buzzfeed India

Priyanka Chopra calling BS on the idea that actresses can't get along and the double standards it entails.


Rumnique Nannar

Rumnique Nannar


Rumnique Nannar is a new journalist with a passion for all things pop culture, film, and art. Rumnique was born in London, with a predilection for devouring English chocolate with her Vogue, ANOKHI, and Glamour magazines in tow. She is currently in her Journalism Masters at UBC. Connect ...


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