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Women’s Day: What is feminism? Priyanka, Anushka, Sonakshi, Sonam tell us

The actresses boldly shared their views on the occasion of International Women's Day. 

Keyur Seta

On International Women’s Day, here’s what some of the famous names from the Hindi film fraternity think about feminism. 

There is a misconception that feminism is anti-male. Priyanka Chopra clears the air. “Feminism needs men to understand that we don’t want to berate you or kill you or hate you. We just need you to stand by us,” she said recently while talking to a publication. 

Anushka Sharma echoes the same sentiments, but she feels feminism is an abused term now. “Feminism is about equal rights for everybody and not about male-bashing. But it’s such an abused term now. Personally, I feel that I should do the right things in life and that’s what I’m doing.” 

Sonam Kapoor believes women don’t need to prove a point by being feminist. She said to a publication earlier this year, “I’m the girliest girl but I'm a complete feminist. It doesn’t mean that I’m not wearing my dresses or my lipsticks and I am definitely not burning my bra. I don’t need to prove a point. It’s about equal opportunity, whether you’re a man, woman, transgender. Own who you are and know your worth.”

Sonakshi Sinha is strongly against using feminism to gain advantage. “I feel feminism is all about uplifting one another. It’s not about male-bashing and using it to your advantage. You can’t use it as per your convenience. Being a feminist doesn’t mean that you have to bash the other sex. For me, feminism is about helping each other out, uplift each other and support gender equality,” she said in the wake of the trailer launch of her film, Noor.

Richa Chadda is also someone who doesn’t back down as she shares a strong opinion on matters relating to feminism. She once said in an interview, “Is feminism only a woman's prerogative? Shouldn't it be the other way round? Who propagates patriarchy and causes women to be oppressed? It's not women, but often men. So, why don't we say that everybody should write better characters and better content?"