Freida Pinto: Don’t know if India is ready for a #MeToo shake-up

Freida Pinto has always been very advocative and vocal about feminism and women’s rights, whether it’s at award shows or interviews, she’s always been the one to stand up for women all over the world. While promoting her upcoming Hindi film, Love, Sonia, the actress spoke about the #MeToo movement and why it worked in the US and won’t work in India as of now. “The reason the movement worked in the US is because of the collective voice. There are many women coming out and they are getting a lot of support even from journalists who have been brave to write their stories. I don’t know if India is ready for a #MeToo kind of a shake-up yet. It’s not easy, even some of these women had wanted to protect their identities and spoke up only when they knew they’d be represented accurately in the media. Here there’s still the fear of being labelled, women don’t feel safe speaking up because of the general lack of support. Hopefully that will change soon. But I must point out here that misogyny exists even in the most developed cultures, though it’s better hidden while here it’s blatant,” she said.

The Slumdog Millionaire actress went on the add, “Remember Serena Williams being called out for wearing a black bodysuit at the French Open nine months after giving birth? It was designed to prevent blood clots, but she was told it violated rules. What rules? Why should someone dictate what a woman should wear if it’s not indecent? She was playing her game, just wanted to be comfortable.”

Also starring Mrunal Thakur, Riya Sisodiya, Richa Chadha, Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao, Love, Sonia releases on 14th September.

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