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 mega hit “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan”, and the lyrics reference not only broad sexist trends but the specific versions Ranaut has faced.
Look at the lines featuring the real-life incidents they call out:
- In the starting of the video, Kangana complaints to the director about a plot hole in the script and the director laugh her off for being “cute”.
Kangana has spoken about being “fed up of taking directions from egomaniacs” in the past.
- Kangana directly calls out Times of India for publishing photos of Deepika Padukone’s cleavage without her consent in 2014.
- Kangana refuses to play second fiddle to the much-older actor in the video due to her “self-respect”…
… A decision she’s repeatedly made with her actual film choices as well.
- Kangana refuses to kiss “influential film industry” ass. She has, in many interviews, claimed that she aspires to become a “fully autonomous brand” that can sustain itself with no help.
- Kangana deduces that she can’t have opinions on a movie because she’s a woman.
- She also calls out all the A-list actors, from Shah Rukh Khan to Salman Khan, continually playing romantic leads opposite actresses half their age.
- And she demolishes Karan Johar for taunting her as he said that he’s “tired of her playing the victim card” all the time.
- Kangana also shades her earlier film directors for putting her in bikinis to “titillate” audiences.
In fact, after wearing a bikini in Rascals in 2011, Kangana swore off movies like that forever.
- 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.
- She once again shades the likes of Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Varun Dhawan for profiting off nepotism and for taunting her.
- She mocks media publications labeling her as the “temper tantrum-throwing, demanding diva”.
- 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.
- And finally, the actor threatens to replace Kangana in the movie if she continues to express her opinions.
Just like IRL, Hrithik allegedly asked producers to replace her in Aashiqui 3 because he didn’t want to work with her.
- The video even calls out the sexism in the song it uses for its commentary.
Picture Credits :: AIB