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Janhvi Kapoor breaks her silence on facing sexism in the Bollywood industry.

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Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor is best known for her debut, Dhadhak, that’s a remake of the super hit Marathi film Sairat.

In a recent interview, opening up about the topic ‘sexism’ in Bollywood, Janhvi said, “A lot of times in meetings and in narrations, when we have a male co-actor present, the director or the writer while narrating the scene make more eye-contact with the guy than with you. And in my head, I am like yeah maybe it’s because he has a longer role or maybe the scene is like that. But then I realized that maybe it’s just some sort of subliminal conditioning that is making them do that. Also, the way we are perceived. There is a lot of attention that is paid to how we look and how we’re presented. We are very quickly judged by our appearance, what we are wearing. Even on social media sometimes when I go through the comments, the kind of comments a girl gets for wearing what she wants to wear is extreme. And the kind of comments I get for going to the gym in a certain outfit… You can’t question someone’s character based on what they are wearing, you can’t call names, pass judgments. But all that is happening.”

She further continued by saying, “People feel that it might be okay to say a few things that might be demeaning, everyone has an opinion on how you look. I don’t know if this would matter so much for a guy who is part of the industry, but as a woman, if you are not meeting a certain standard then everyone has the right to say something.”

On the work front, Janhvi will next be seen in Karan Johar’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl. Due to the pandemic lockdown, this too shall release on the OTT platform, Netflix. In this film, we’ll also be seeing the supremely talented Pankaj Tripathi who will be playing the role of Gunjan’s (Janhvi) father.

The film is a biopic based on the life of Gunjan Saxena, who is the first woman IAF combat pilot, and who played a very crucial role during the Kargil War in the year 1999. She was also awarded Shaurya Chakra for her bravery.