Neena Gupta’s Controversial Stance on Gender Equality 

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Updated On: 30 Nov 2023

Neena Gupta’s Controversial Stance on Gender Equality 

The most talented Neena Gupta, a 64-year-old Bollywood actress has been in the spotlight not only for her best on-screen performances but also for her outspoken views about day-to-day life. Recently,  she raised controversy by marking feminism as “faltu” in the time of a discussion on the topic of gender equality with the social media entrepreneur and the YouTuber, Ranveer Allahabadia on his podcast channel. It is very important to remember that everyone has the freedom to be entitled to their own opinions, but some people find her perspective surprising. And this is one of the incidents that lit up a conversation about the concept of gender equality between men and women. It is interesting how actresses can influence and shape the conversation on critical topics.

The main character in the movie and the actress of “Badhaai Ho” recently stated her views on gender equality in Hindi, stating that “I want to say that it’s not necessary to believe in ‘faltu feminism’ (useless feminism) or the idea that ‘women are equal to men’. Instead, focus on achieving financial independence and giving attention to your work. If you’re a housewife, don’t look down on it; it’s an important role”. Her opinion highlights the importance of financial independence and understanding the significance of different roles, including being a homemaker. It is essential to note how she motivates and focuses on one’s work and does not disrupt any other role. This point by her in the podcast has lighted up the conversation about the finesse of feminism and the difference of opinions within the movement. 

Neeta Gupta highlighted the importance of improving self-esteem and not degrading oneself. She said that men and women are not equal by headlining the biological differences. She playfully stated that true equality would only be a success when men can experience pregnancy. While her statement may be stimulative, it brings attention to the unique knowledge and achievements faced by both men and women. It is important to appreciate and respect these differences between both men and women while struggling for equality in terms of opportunities and rights. 

At that time, she shared a personal incident to explain her comment about needing a man. She remembered the time when she was in the urge to catch an early morning flight but felt unsafe and scared for walking alone on the dark road. This particular incident made her think about the need to have a male friend who could protect and support her safety. The statement may be controversial but it also shows her opinion based on her own experience. This is the most important thing to note, everyone has different opinions and personal experiences in their life, and according to that the viewpoint differs. 

Neena Gupta has actively participated in both the web and big-screen projects. She also recently acted in the web show “ Charlie Chopra and The Mystery Of Solang Valley” and the amazing movie “Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway,” starring Rani Mukerji. She also displayed her acting skills on the OTT platform with an impressive role in one of the episodes of Netflix’s “Lust Stories 2”. It is one of the most impressive performances to see her versatility in delving into acting in different mediums.   

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