Kargil martyr's daughter Gurmehar Kaur has been in the eye of a storm after she raised her voice against the violence on campuses in the wake of the Ramjas college clashes last week. Last year, Kaur had launched a #ProfileForPeace campaign to bring peace between warring nations India and Pakistan.
However, it is her social media campaign on intolerance against the AVBP clashes at DU that went viral and took a political turn, with leaders commenting on her statement and calling her anti-national. What followed were death and rape threats, and Twitteratti trolling her to no end.
Bollywood seems to be divided about Gurmehar Kaur, with Vidya Balan, Anurag Kashyap and Naseeruddin Shah supporting the twenty-year-old, while Randeep Hooda was attacked online for trolling her. Talking to India Today exclusively, Sonam Kapoor, a proud feminist who stands up for what she believes in, was very vocal about her opinion on Gurmehar. "It's disgusting, appalling. I know some colleagues in the industry who are claiming to be artists said that and I think it's very disheartening for me. See, first of all, everyone is entitled to an opinion. What she feels is a very compassionate way of looking at it; nobody is to be blamed for anybody's death. It's very evolved of her to think that way, very forgiving of her, and instead of applauding her, we are bringing her down. Whether you agree with her or not, it's her father. She's entitled to say whatever she has to for him. You cannot criticise her for it. It's very cruel."
Javed Akhtar lashed out at Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda and the Phogat sisters for trolling Gurmeher Kaur on Twitter.
If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
Sonam reiterated Akhtar's thoughts, "He is right, though it's not about illiteracy but ignorance. People are ignorant, that's why they speak the way they do. It's about not understanding the situation."
Sonam Kapoor and her sister Rhea Kapoor had signed on Kareena Kapoor Khan for their home production Veerey Di Wedding last year. It's no secret that Kareena got pregnant and delivered her first born Taimur Ali Khan in December 2016, yet producer Rhea Kapoor chose to wait for the new mum to get back from her maternity break before starting the Shashanka Ghosh directorial, instead of dropping her like a hot potato. (Remember Madhur Bhandarkar had to opt for Kareena Kapoor for Heroine when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan announced her pregnancy back in 2011?) After a delay of almost eight months, Veerey Di Wedding is all set to go on floors this May.
"Since I was 21, I've been an open feminist. I believe in giving everyone an opportunity. If a man decided, or was going through something, I don't think we'd ever judge him, or have this conversation for that matter. Aamir Khan doesn't work for two years and no one says he's gaining weight or losing weight - you're lauded for it and I think you should celebrate the fact that Kareena Kapoor is an empowered woman, a mum and she's someone who's working," says Sonam.
"I don't know any man who can say that. The fact that she was working through her pregnancy and had a child, and two months later, she's prepping for her film. Instead of hiding away for a year, she is continuing with her life and to balance both the sides and be a thorough professional is amazing. A woman cannot be another woman's enemy; we have to be supportive of each other, otherwise it's so callous and we're only bringing everyone down. Someone said something very important to me, you're making such a big deal about Hilary Clinton becoming the President of America and we've had so many female leaders in our country. I don't know what the big deal is. As long as she's the best person for the job, she should be president. But at the same time, I realise our country is very contradictory, the women in our country who are leaders are the most sexist. You have to be supportive of your colleagues and other women, so we can progress," the actor added.