Nithya Menen: It’s a bit more difficult for women to be taken seriously

Speaking about the trolls and abuses, South Indian actress Nithya Menen said that its not just the film industry, but the society itself has been hard on women.

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When actress Parvathy recently spoke at the International Film Festival of Kerala about a film, her comments didn’t go down well with the fans of the lead actor of the film – Mammootty. The film was Kasaba and Parvathy was referring to the way the officer talks to his senior woman officer which portrays women in poor light. Parvathy was abused, trolled and threatened online for her comments. Parvathy decided to fight back against the odds and filed a police complaint with the cyber crime team, who arrested couple of men from different parts of Kerala. Many industry friends and colleagues of Parvathy stood up for Parvathy and commended her for the brave fight she had put up. Speaking about the trolls and abuses, South Indian actress Nithya Menen said that its not just the film industry, but the society itself has been hard on women.

I think this whole thing cannot be specified just to the film industry. This is prevalent everywhere in the world. The film industry is just part of a bigger cake. So, whatever is in that cake will be in that slice too. There is nothing in the film industry which is different from the rest of the world. In that general sense, yes it’s absolutely a patriarchal society and things are definitely easier for men. It’s a bit more difficult for women to be taken seriously and to get respect from people,” Nithya Menen told TOI in an interview.

Nithya also says that its been a thing that has been happening for ages and it will take a while for the thought process to change. “It’s been the case for centuries. I have come to accept it. I am not saying it is right or wrong, but that is how it is. I don’t see gender when I look at the world. I have met fantastic men in my life and horrible women. I have also met some amazing women and terrible men. I have seen women who are sexists. So, you can’t bring gender into it as it becomes gross. That’s not how it works. I believe the distinction must be based on good and bad human beings,” Nithya Menen further added.

Speaking about misogyny, Nithya Menen said, “Misogyny is not okay at all. I believe an ideal society has to value women very highly. I believe in the strength of the feminine. However, I don’t think any amount of fighting or expressing your views in a masculine way is going to counter the conditioning. I just think that we should be who we are and be able to express our strengths. If we are women, be absolutely feminine about it and show the world what is the respectable thing to do. Show that beauty in the way only a woman can do.”

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