Some comments made by actress Preity Zinta on the current campaign against sexual harassment has raised eyebrows and set tongues wagging about the actress’ lack of sensitivity towards the MeToo movement.
Apparently in a video interview on a leading entertainment portal Bollywood Hungama to promote her new starrer Bhaiaji Superhit ,Preity was asked about her opinion on the MeToo movement .
And she said, “I Do Feel Bad When Women Use It When It’s Not That Serious or for Personal Vendetta or for Publicity… I wish I had(a MeToo experience) …so I’d have an answer to tell you…. Aaj Ki Sweetu, Kal Ki Me Too Ho Sakti Hai!”
Having made flippant remarks on an issue as sensitive as women’s safety, Preity has now tweeted blaming the interviewer for twisting her words.How this can be done in a video interview is hard to fathom.
Director Neeraj Pathak who was with Zinta at the interview concurs her opinion. “She gave appropriate answers. But her words were twisted.She spoke very sensibly on the issue. Her answers were balanced. But that’s not how they come across in the interview.”
A source from Bollywood Hungama affirms that the answers were not tampered with at all. “The video interview was not doctored.”
Perhaps Preity Zinta needs to filter her thought processes carefully before putting words out in the public domain. We are living in dangerous times. Every word uttered counts.
This is not the first time that Preity Zinta has said more than she should have. As co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab since 2008, and the owner of the South-African T20 Global League cricket team StellenboschKings since 2017, she has on several occasions made comments which she had to eat back later.
Very recently Zinta said there were no problems with cricketer Sehwag when in fact he has quit his association with Zinta’s team.
Strangely she tells the interviewer on Bollywood Hungama that she has never had a MeToo experience and even jokes about it, when in fact in 2014 Zinta filed a harassment case against Ness Wadia.
Trivializing the MeToo movement is not peculiar to Zinta. The very distinguished Malayalam actor Mohanlal is seen in a video interview given to Gulf News giggling over how men should also start a MeToo movement.
Maybe Mohanlal and Preity Zinta should join hands to produce satires on sexual harassment.