First of all, I would like to express my amazement on the question. I wonder why this question wasn’t asked when actresses like Radhika Apte, Bipasha Basu, and Kalki Koechlin, came forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment, following the suit of Tanushree Dutta? On the contrary, they were thrashed like Tanushree Dutta and accused of making false allegations. Why are you sympathetic only towards Rakhi Sawant, then? Is it because her story has the most masala of all? Well, now I know why Tanushree Dutta said that India is not yet entirely ready for #MeToo.
Talking of Rakhi Sawant (aka female Kamal R Khan), she in her recent interview, did not just accused Tanushree Dutta of raping her but also made fun of such a serious and sensitive matter. As Shah Rukh Khan said, we should be respecting the emotions of the women coming forward so courageously. But see we what we actually are doing –making fun of them, as if just thrashing them wasn’t enough. And it surprises me that the drama queen, Rakhi Sawant is actually gaining support. I wish this much support was shown to other actresses and women associated with Bollywood industry who came forward under #MeToo movement.
Rakhi Sawant’s interview was one of those rarest moments when she was all covered, that too in an Indian attire. Seriously! I would like to take it as a disrespect of all those women who genuinely wear saree as she wore saree only to have an air of “abla naari” around her. If you are really asking why Rakhi Sawant can’t come out with #MeToo movement, I’m sorry, you have failed to understand the entire narrative of MeToo!
We all know Rakhi Sawant can give anything to keep her presence intact in controversies. This is just one of those instances. When all women are talking of being sexually harassed, she’s putting a question mark on the sexuality of these women itself, calling them “lesbians”, and thus disrespecting even that section of society as well.
From the interview itself one can tell that she called MeToo drama only to create her own drama and called Bollywood bad only to support the main stars of Bollywood later. Wasn’t these facts enough to question the genuinity of her claims? She herself is not sure if she wants to be a part of MeToo (by accusing Tanushree Dutta), or wants to contradict it. Neither is sure of her loyalities towards Bollywood and Bollywood stars. All this makes it clear that she just cares about controversies and the negative popularity she is ever hungry for.
Having said all that I would like to add, if there’s one woman whose claims I’d be rather happy to thrash or ignore, it’s Rakhi Sawant.