Ratna Pathak Shah says India is becoming ‘extremely conservative’; says: ‘Nothing has changed for women’ | Hindi Movie News

Actor Ratna Pathak Shah believes India is becoming “extremely conservative,” “superstitious” and perhaps becoming “like Saudi Arabia.” The actress added how women in the 21st century still observe age-old traditions.

During her recent interview with Pinkvilla, Ratna stated that everyone is collectively ‘on their way to an extremely conservative society’. She added that the first thing a conservative society does is curtail its women. ‘Look at all the conservative societies in this world. Women are the most affected.’

The actress stated that nothing or very little has changed for women today. She talked about how people have become more superstitious and added how individuals are often forced to accept religion and make it a very important part of one’s life. She gave an example of how someone read her if she likes ‘karwa chauth ka vrat’.

To which she said, “Am I crazy?” Isn’t it abominable that modern educated women do karwa chauth, praying for the lives of husbands so that they can have some validity in life? Widowing in the Indian context is a terrible situation, isn’t it? So anything that keeps me away from widowhood. Really? In the 21st century we talk like this? Educated women do this,” Ratna said.

She also gave an example from Saudi Arabia, adding: ‘What is the size of women in Saudi Arabia? Do we want to become like Saudi Arabia? And we will be because it is very very convenient. Women do a lot of unpaid work at home. If you have to pay for that labor, who is going to do it? Women are forced into that situation.’

Meanwhile, Ratna will be seen on the work front in Tarun Dudeja’s ‘Dhak Dhak’. The film, produced by Taapsee Pannu, also stars Dia Mirza, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanjana Sanghi.

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