Preity Zinta faces backlash on her #MeToo statement


Several Twitter users mocked Preity Zinta for her remarks on the sensitive issue and even the users reminded the actress of the molestation case filed by her against her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia.

She was of the view that there were some women who used the #MeToo movement "for personal vendetta or for publicity" and were diluting the cause. So if you go there, saying "I'll do anything", then you will be stupid to ask me not to do anything. "[Then] I would have an answer to tell you".

Zinta was asked whether she had experienced something similar to which she replied, "No, I haven't, I wish I had".

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She then went on to say that it was "a very relevant question because people treat you the way you want to be treated" - a comment that many said amounted to "victim shaming". And there is nothing you can do to change the world and the only thing you can do is to change yourself. If you feel that I am good at what I am doing, you are going to be like 'theek hai (okay), you work.' And I am a walking example of that.

Women in the film industry, and across other industries as well, have found the courage to come out with their stories naming powerful and influential men, knowing that this might affect their careers. Her tweet reads, "Really sad to see how the interview is edited to trivialise and be insensitive".

Although Zinta is no longer very active in Bollywood, a few years ago she was at the top of the industry and starred as the leading lady in films with superstars Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Hritik Roshan - so there remains a lot of interest in what she says. Not everything is traction and as someone being interviewed, I expected decency and maturity from a journalist. She also slammed the journalist for being irresponsible and immature. If I said "I wish someone had bothered me" - it meant I would have probable beaten them up if they had. "Interview is taken out of context", added Zinta.