Alia Bhatt says she faced casual sexism in film industry: ‘I wouldn’t notice it’

Alia Bhatt recently opened up about dealing with casual sexism and how random sexist comments make her annoyed. Alia said that while she didn’t realize the sexism when she heard these comments, she later became aware of it. She also said she gets annoyed when women have to hear random comments, such as being asked to hide their bra. Read also| Alia Bhatt Remembers Filming Heart of Stone While Pregnant: They Made It Seamless

Alia will next be seen in Darlings, a dark comedy in which she plays a woman who takes revenge on her husband after domestic violence. In a recent interview, Alia spoke about how women are taught to tolerate the bad things in society, and how she has faced sexism on several occasions in the film industry as well.

Asked if she’s been the subject of casual sexism like fellow producers Ekta Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor, Alia told Mojo Story: “I think I’ve dealt with that from time to time — casual sexism. A lot of times I wouldn’t. When I think about it now because I’m so much more aware of it, it just makes such sense like ‘oh my god, that was such a sexist comment, or that I was in fact a subject of extreme misogyny. That’s why I’m so much more sensitive now. Sometimes my friends say ‘what’s wrong with you, why did you get so aggressive?’”

The actor added: “But that’s not the point, just random things like ‘don’t be so sensitive, you’re so sensitive, are you PMSing. To hell with you, I’m not sensitive, and even if I’m on PMS, then what? You were born because women were PMS. I get so irritating when people say these random things. It’s just casual. Things like ‘your bra doesn’t belong on the bed, hide the bra.’ Why hide it? It’s clothes, you flash your underwear. I’m not saying anything. It’s not that it happened to me actively, but there’s a certain understanding of how as a woman you have to hide a lot of things.”

Darlings, which also stars Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma, is slated to release on Netflix on August 5. It is Alia Bhatt’s first production film, co-produced with her banner Eternal Sunshine Productions and Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

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