This yr has been noteworthy in a number of methods. In 2020, the movie trade discovered itself embroiled in lots of controversies, and whereas the yr noticed many ladies on the forefront of those controversies, there have been many who spoke up fearlessly in these testing instances.
From Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha to Taapsee Pannu, Priyanka Chopra, every certainly one of them, and lots of others, confirmed but once more that they’ve a backbone of metal. Alternatively, there have been actors like Kangana Ranaut, who made information for a lot of unsuitable causes.
Right here’s MAKERS India’s listing of actors who had been greatest newsmakers of 2020.
Actor and activist Swara Bhasker has been a vociferous critic of the extremist angle of the incumbent authorities. In 2020, Swara was amongst the handful of celebrities who spoke fearlessly towards the CAA NRC invoice. Proper from talking her thoughts by means of Twitter to becoming a member of the protests bodily, Swara hit the bottom operating! Be it the nepotism debate within the movie trade or the notorious Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) demise case, or the latest Farmers’ invoice, Swara has put forth her ideas with out mincing any phrases.
On the work entrance too, Swara got here out all weapons blazing with net reveals reminiscent of Rasbhari, Flesh and Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, that challenged sexism and patriarchy in additional methods than one.
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Although Anushka stayed away from the silver display screen, she created fairly a number of ripples all year long. Be it by backing clutter-breaking, daring, feminist content material by means of her manufacturing home – Clear Slate Filmz – or by talking her thoughts fearlessly everytime she was dragged in an pointless, distasteful cricket debate or dialogue, Anushka Sharma has emerged as a power to reckon with in 2020.
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From talking up towards the rising intolerance in direction of dissent within the nation to calling out all issues that’s tarnishing democracy, to standing up for herself amidst the trolling she was subjected to for talking up towards unfair media trails actor Rhea Chakraborty needed to face in Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise case, Taapsee Pannu by no means dissatisfied.
And whereas she stood her floor off-screen, she gave one the yr’s greatest performances in one of the crucial thought-provoking films of the yr, Thappad.
Deepika kickstarted 2020 on an enormous excessive. Producing and appearing in a movie on acid assault (Chhapaak), and actively creating consciousness on the problem, Deepika created a frenzy when she visited JawaharLal Nehru College in Delhi the location of most outstanding scholar protests towards the CAA. She didn’t converse to the media or give a speech to the scholars assembled there; however she clearly expressed solidarity with the kids who had been combating for the safety of Indian constitutional values. That was solely the start of the nasty trolling that was in retailer for Deepika in 2020.
From being referred to as ‘anti-national’ to ‘druggie’ and ‘charsi’ when she was referred to as in for a gathering with the Narcotics Management Bureau as part of the investigation into drug use in Bollywood, Deepika confronted all of it with grace and an unwavering demeanor. And, all this whereas persevering with her struggle towards the lack of know-how on psychological well being.
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Actor Rhea Chakraborty was embroiled in arguably 2020’s murkiest controversy. Battling the allegations of abetment of suicide in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise case, through the course of the investigation, Rhea was labelled as “gold digger,” “too fast to maneuver in with a boy who she simply began a relationship with,” “an opportunistic girlfriend who was conserving her boyfriend away from his household,” and worst of all, was “a lady who was drugging a full grown man” and was “performing black magic to regulate him.”
The cry for justice for Sushant Singh Rajput has evidently fizzled out however the entire Rhea episode put as soon as once more threw highlight on the prevalent sexism and misogyny in our society and that, repeatedly, ladies have been unafraid to smash patriarchy.
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The actor who began out as a task mannequin along with her stable stance towards nepotism, privilege and patriarchy, turned out to be one of many greatest horrors of 2020. Her nepotism stance went into an enormous downward spiral when she inflicted insults and slurs on fellow outsiders like her, and finally happening an unstoppable Twitter rampage on everybody who didn’t agree along with her ideas and notions of patriotism, nationalism, her political affiliations, and far more.
In 2020, because the pandemic broke out, the actor, activist and philanthropist has made concerted efforts to assist folks throughout the globe, together with singer-husband Nick Jonas. Priyanka has made her contribution to a number of charities, together with the Prime Minister’s Citizen Help and Aid in Emergency Conditions Fund (PM-CARES), UNICEF, Goonj, Medical doctors With out Borders, No Child Hungry, and SAG-AFTRA. Moreover, she had additionally partnered with a number one footwear model to donate greater than 50,000 pairs of sneakers to school-going youngsters in Belize.
She has additionally wrapped up her memoir Unfinished which is offered for pre-order now and can quickly be seen in Netflix movies’ The White Tiger and We Can Be Heroes.
Whereas Richa Chadha has been within the highlight all year long for her sturdy concepts and opinions on the rising intolerance in direction of dissent within the nation, it was her authorized battle with actor Payal Ghosh that actually stood out for instance of standing up for your self within the face of huge negativity. Richa filed a lawsuit towards Payal for dragging her title in her #MeToo allegations on filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and ended up successful the identical.
Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar was within the information, when she expressed her disagreement with Kangana Ranaut’s assertion calling Mumbai “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir”. This didn’t go down nicely with Kangana, who then referred to as Urmila a “delicate porn star”. What adopted a murky media battle between the 2 the place Urmila offered a poised, collected and powerful stance.
At present working with Shiv Sena, Urmila has additionally spoken strongly concerning the fixed social media trolling her husband and his household has to face due to their faith.
Actor and entrepreneur Alia Bhatt was among the many actors who confronted probably the most brutal trolling due to the now-misplaced debate on nepotism. Alia’s sister, Shaheen Bhatt, even shared a number of screenshots of the hate messages, rape and demise threats she and her sister obtained ever because the SSR’s demise induced debates and hate mongering for the star youngsters within the movie trade.
Alia was additionally within the information for the launch of her startup, Ed-a-mamma, a aware clothes line for youths within the age group of 2-14. She had earlier invested in e-commerce agency Nykaa, and trend styling platform Stylecracker. With Ed-a-mamma, she is donning the hat of an entrepreneur for the primary time.
(Edited by Varnika Gupta)