Janhvi surprises internet with her views!!!

Janhvi Kapoor, like many of her contemporary Gen-Z mainstream bollywood actors, isn't exactly known for her political awareness. However, in a new interview with The Lallantop, when asked about her interest in history, Janhvi opened up on casteism and the ideological debate between mahatma gandhi and BR Ambedkar.

What Janhvi said?

When Janhvi said in the interview that she has a keen interest in history, the interviewer asked him which period of history she'd like to time-travel back to. Janhvi said she'd answer the question honestly, but requested him to not probe her on the same since her views may not sit well with the audience. Janhvi then said she'd like to see mahatma gandhi, the father of the nation, and BR Ambedkar, the Founding father of the indian Constitution, debate over their views on casteism. The interviewer was pleasantly surprised and couldn't help but probe Janhvi further. She then said, “I think Ambedkar was still very clear and stern from the start what his stand was. But I think Gandhi's view kept evolving as he got more and more exposed to (casteism). Ye jo jativaad ka samasya hai humare samaj mein, ek third person se jaankari lena aur usey jeena, usmei bahut farak hai, bahut antar hai (this issue of casteism that we have in our society, to gather information from a third person and to actually live it, there's a huge difference there).” When the interviewer further probed Janhvi if there was any conversation about caste in her school, she refused. “In fact, mere ghar mein kabhi caste ko le kar koi conversation nahi hui (there was no conversation around caste even at my home).”

What the internet said?

The internet was pleasantly surprised to see a Gen-Z mainstream actor like Janhvi discuss a deeply political issue with such openness. An X user shared a clip of Janhvi's views and wrote, “Rather surprised to see this from a mainstream bollywood actor. janhvi kapoor on Ambedkar, gandhi & caste (applause emoji).” When another user pointed out that Swara Bhasker also often speaks on political issues, they clarified, “There is simply no comparison. Swara has been a strong political voice in the country for a long time now, more so than anyone else in the entire Bollywood.”


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