Rhea Chakraborty had worn a T-shirt to the NCB interrogation earlier this week. The inscription on the T-shirt soon became a movement on social media. The actress had worn a T-shirt that said, “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you.” Many actors have stood in support of the Jalebi actress and the recent one to get added in this list is Tahira Kashyap.
Several Bollywood celebrities participated in the movement in solidarity to Rhea Chakraborty and “smash the patriarchy”. The movement occurred after the actress was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a drug angle in Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death probe.
Now Tahira Kashyap, wife of actor Ayushmann Khurrana, has penned down an open letter to Mid-Day, in which she showed her support to the movement. In her letter, she said that the sudden decision to write an open letter came after constant chatter in the media.
“Why would I choose to write about this much-trodden topic now? Perhaps my threshold of tolerance has been tested in the last week, jolted by this new wave of anger against patriarchy. All of the talk in the media, the chatter on twitter, the footage on my tv screen, re-awakened something in me,” Tahira wrote.
“And so in the last week when I had my usual share of experiences – the usual experiences that happen to every woman, every single day – I lost my poise,” Tahira added.
The writer and theatre director, who currently residing in Chandigarh, had also shared a personal anecdote in the letter stressing the need to call out patriarchy. She recalled an incident where her relative made a snide remark about her husband, Ayushmann Khurrana, saying “look after your husband, feed him more greens.”
Angered at the comment, Tahira replied that Ayushmann was making her some salad and she would ask him to make an extra serving for himself. After which she stormed off. She wrote, “I was tempted to crush his toes as I made the speech, but held myself back and simply stomped out of the living room. After all, who wants to deal with name-calling? I mean with ‘vishkanya’, ‘gold digger’ and ‘Bengali women’ doing the rounds I don’t want ‘khoon ki piyaasi’, ‘toes crushing’ ‘Punjabi women’ to start another wave.”
Tahira Kashyap also shared her stand on the trolls, rape and murder threats often women receive for sharing their opinion. She wrote, “I agree I was being harsh but was amazed by the offence taken. Perhaps every time a woman is called ‘haramkhor’, ‘fucking m#$@#chod’ on live feed, we should go out protesting too…oh but aren’t we already?”
She also wrote, “There is something drastically wrong with the general outlook towards women. The expectations are unreal. “How is ignoring a lame comment by a roadside Romeo unreal?” You may ask. It is unreal. Keeping quiet, enduring is unreal.”
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