All India Bakchod just released “The Diva Song,” a music video starring Kangana Ranaut calling out the various genres of sexism actresses in the film industry face.
The song is a parody of 2015 megahit “‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan”, and the lyrics reference not only broad sexist trends, but the specific versions Ranaut has faced.
Here’s a look at the lines, and the real-life incidents they call out:
1. The video starts off with Kangana complaining to the director about a plot hole in the script and the director laughs her off for being “cute”.
2. Kangana refuses to play second fiddle to the much-older actor in the video due to her “self-respect”…
3. Kangana refuses to kiss “influential film industry” ass.
4. Kangana deduces that she can’t have opinions on a movie because she’s a woman.
5. Kangana also shades her earlier film directors for putting her in bikinis to “titillate” audiences.
6. Kangana directly calls out Times of India for publishing photos of Deepika Padukone’s cleavage without her consent in 2014.
7. In the video, Kangana indirectly mocks Shah Rukh Khan for putting his leading ladies’ names before his in movie credits while simultaneously pocketing benefits of the gaping wage disparity between them.
9. She also shuts down the archaic notion that an actress’ career dies a sudden death if she gets married; a notion actresses like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vidya Balan, Raveena Tandon and the likes fight regularly.
10. She once again shades the likes of Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Varun Dhawan for profiting off nepotism.
11. And she demolishes Karan Johar for taunting her as he said that he’s “tired of her playing the victim card” all the time.
12. She mocks media publications labeling her as the “temper tantrum-throwing, demanding diva”.
13. She calls out the media’s habit of lauding her “bold” statements” with gendered terms like “ballsy”.
14. And finally, the actor threatens to replace Kangana in the movie if she continues to express her opinions.
15. The video even calls out the sexism in the song it uses for its commentary.
So there you have it. Please enjoy this work of art now!
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