Recently, many Bollywood celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu and others shared the 'Let's smash the patriarchy' rhyme to show solidarity for actress Rhea Chakraborty after she was arrested by the Narcotics Control (Bureau) in connection with a drugs case linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death.
The campaign received a mixed reaction from the netizens. Now, singer Sona Mohapatra, who is known to be quite vocal on social media, has shared a list of nine suggestions which she wants implemented in Bollywood to 'smash the patriarchy' the right way. This includes equal pay for female actors, writing author-backed roles for them, giving them solo songs and backing female directors.
Are You Listening Bollywood?
Sona tweeted, "Lets do this the right way dear #Bollywood & #India cus the rest is mostly hot air. 1) Pay your top actresses the same as your top actors.2) Write enough worthy roles 3) Film their 'solo songs' to make them larger than life? (No, item numbers don't count). #SmashThePatriarchy."
Did Sona Mohapatra Take An Indirect Jibe At Salman Khan?
Her next tweet read, 4) Speak up(at least once?) about ur superstar of ages;a poster boy of toxic masculinity,a bully,serial abuser of women's rights. Instead directors,producers,writers scramble to create more virtue signalling films for him? Actresses bend backwards to 🌟in them. #SmashThePatriarchy."
Sona Mohapatra Always Has Some Suggestions For The Music Industry
She continued in her next tweet, "5)B more inclusive in ur choices of film technicians. Don't assume a female DOP cannot shoot a big budget film cus she's not 'strong' enough?!Some of the best films in the west are shot by women!My fav;Ellen Kuras. 🎥 Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. 6) Worry & do something about the horrendous statistics of only 8/9 songs out of the 100 released by you having a female singer in #Bollywood. The solo female songs always reprise versions, never to be promoted. The duets having us in chorus only? 7)Be ashamed of the systemic-institutional sexism, misogyny & lopsided power structure in the industry where NOT ONE lead actress or actor spoke up about the inconvenient truths in the #MeToo movement. Almost everyone looked the other way."
Sona Mohapatra Lauds Anushka Sharma For Backing Women Directors
She further added, "8)Trust women directors (not just the ones from the film families)with bigger production budgets.They are less likely to blow it up on wasteful ego-driven choices 2 Financing a woman driven project is difficult as hell.Kudos to producer @AnushkaSharma for backing women directors."
Sona concluded her post by writing, "9)Also stop casting 50 plus Male 'heroes' in romantic angles with women half their age... the list is endless really #Bollywood . #SmashThePatriarchy #India."
Earlier, Sona had said that while she wants justice for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, she is unhappy with the media coverage of the case. She had even slammed the media for broadcasting Rhea's bikini pictures and calling her derogatory names.