Women become easy targets in politics, says Urmila Matondkar

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Urmila Matondkar

Actor-politician Urmila Matondkar says ladies are sometimes simply focused in the world of politics, however it is vital for them to remain centered. During a digital session of “We The Women” with journalist Barkha Dutt on Friday evening, the Shiv Sena chief mentioned politics has become a “poisonous” discipline for everyone, together with ladies, however she was conscious of it when she determined to hitch the sphere.

“I knew it will be tough but so was the film career. Here, it has become a poisonous field, it has become horribly vicious for anybody that nothing should surprise you. Women do become easy targets,” Matondkar mentioned.

She asserted that sexism exists in politics however she has learnt to remain centered on the great work that she intends to do for the folks.

“One has to look at it from all dimensions, I do understand where they (detractors) were coming from. We had glamour-oriented career along with a lot of substantial roles.

“Even then (being in movie business) I didn’t agree that should you do sure type of roles then solely you’re an actor or glamour queen. All these tags past some extent shouldn’t imply something so I by no means let it have an effect on me then and even now,” she said. 

Matondkar said that it was her decision to connect with the people through politics and she never lets negative remarks affect her.

“People will preserve speaking however you want to preserve the main focus, do your finest and anticipate the perfect,” she added.

The actor started her political career with Congress and contested North Mumbai constituency in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, lost to BJP’s Gopal Shetty.

After quitting the party in September 2019, Matondkar joined Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena earlier this month.

Joining her for the session were Khushbu Sundar, a popular Tamil actor, who recently joined BJP, and Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan, who previously worked in Bengali cinema. Sundar believes the patriarchal attitude is more in political field than in cinema. 

“It is tough for girls actors to come back into this discipline. The first response of individuals is you’re an actor, you’re supposed to bounce across the bushes and never supposed to talk or present you’re clever. And that we males are manner forward and we’ll determine what must be finished.

“The reason why I have moved from the previous two parties is because they feel intimidated by a woman who is intelligent and has a mind of her own, is confident and can call the shots,” she added.

Jahan mentioned she too was judged when she entered politics, particularly since she got here from the sphere of performing.

“When men are oppressed they call it tragedy, while women call it tradition. Why don’t we look at the brighter side? Times are changing. When I stepped in politics one and a half years back, it wasn’t bed of roses for me either.

“People judged me as a result of I got here from performing discipline. They will decide me if I enable them to, so it’s upon oneself to alter. It is time to result in change, we try to snap patriarchy on face,” she added.

Matondkar and Sundar also opened up about being subjected to trolling on social media. 

Sundar said she has become thick skinned but it does hurt when her family is targeted on internet.

Matondkar added that she was horrified with the attack on her family and when her husband, who is a Kashmiri Muslim, was called a “terrorist and a Pakistani”. 

“I don’t have any thick pores and skin however my pores and skin is simply too stunning to be bothered. I feel sensitivity is the strongest viewpoint of a lady and to have the ability to have that compassion, empathy is what makes me a lady.

“I’m in this field which is horrible, venomous and I will make sure I will change this,” she mentioned. 

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