On Tuesday, Samajwadi Party member and actress Jaya Bachchan raised the matter of the ongoing slander and drug allegations levelled by a few against the film industry. Bachchan demanded the government to provide protection and put a ban on the unending bashing being faced by members of Bollywood.
Her comments have unleashed a tweetstorm of sexism and all-too-familiar misogyny directed against the MP with many calling her a “shameless lady” and appealing to actor and her husband Amitabh Bachchan to reign in his wife.
While Bachchan was lauded by several members of Bollywood for standing up for the industry in the face of baseless allegations the comment did not sit well with actor Kangana Ranaut who had been at the forefront of drug allegations against Bollywood.
Taking to social media, Ranaut slammed Bachchan, asking if she would say the same if her son Abhishek were to be found hanging, as a reference to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Ranaut’s response further fueled the trolling and hate against Bachchan on social media, which started trending with hashtags like #JayaBachchan, #Jayaji and #gutter, the minute her speech in Parliament surfaced online.
Yet others questioned her contribution to India as a politician. Trolls also dredged up images of her daughter Shweta Bachchan-Nanda and called her a “druggie”.
The vapid responses against Bachchan only go on to prove that despite being an actor and a politician, many in India will still judge a woman on the basis of whom she is married to. The subsequent trolling of Amitabh Bachchan for not being able to prove his dominance over his wife and shutting her up further proved the deeply patriarchal mindset that many in India propagate.
Nevertheless, Jaya Bachchan has been receiving lots of love and support from the industry itself. Actor Tapasee Pannu and film director Abhishek Sinha praised Bachchan’s speech and came out in support of her on social media.