Bollywood Actresses Are Being Trolled For Their ‘NCB Look.’ What Were We Expecting Them To Turn Up In?
The timeline of the investigation of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has had so many twists and turns that it has officially lost the course now. It started out with nepotism and the blame game and then it moved on to Kangana Vs Bollywood, Bihar Police Vs Maharashtra Police, CBI investigation, FIR against Rhea, drug use in Bollywood, Kangana Vs BMC, arrest of Rhea and finally the NCB probe of Bollywood celebrities. Who killed Sushant? We still don’t know and I don’t think we’d get to know any soon. But hey, NCB look is now a thing.
Currently, the NCB is questioning Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor who were allegedly named by Rhea Chakraborty in her probe for using drugs. In this whole scenario, people are unabashedly throwing dirt on these actresses and the whole film fraternity even before anything is proved (the investigation is on, duh). But that’s not the strange thing. We are used to that by now. What’s really annoying is that netizens are trolling these actresses for wearing salwar suit for their NCB probe.
Deepika, Sara, Shraddha and Rakul, all arrived at the NCB office dressed in a kurta or salwar suit for which they are being ridiculed and trolled on the social media. That’s right people have once again found a way to target women on the basis of their clothes. They are calling this the NCB look. They are accusing them for portraying themselves as innocent by wearing Indian outfits. Let me ask you something. What would you wear for an 8-hour long interrogation by government officials? Something comfortable, right? This is the basic common sense which people are failing miserably to understand or maybe we are expecting too much out of them. This is really disappointing.
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The outfit choice of these celebrities has become a fodder for memes on the social media. People are comparing their gym looks, airport looks and party looks with their ‘NCB look’ pointing that they chose the Indian attire as a cover up from their misdoings. What were they expecting them to wear? I’d really like to know. Gym shorts or a bikini or a red-carpet gown?
And, this is when people scrutinize celebrities, especially women, on everything they wear. Who’s to say they wouldn’t have blamed them for ‘not dressing up decently’ or ‘not respecting the officials’ if they had showed up in jeans and a tee? This sick mentality of people and judging women on their every move is the internalised misogyny we need to eliminate. Can we stop judging women for every.freaking.thing?
This is not even the first time that netizens have trolled an actress for her outfit choice, branded it as a PR exercise or her way of gaining sympathy. Rhea Chakraborty went through the same ordeal during the whole period of her investigation. Way before her ‘smash the patriarchy’ T-shirt raised eyebrows, she was ridiculed for wearing a simple salwar kameez and was even accused of playing the victim card by dressing up in Indian outfit. Sushant Singh Rajput’s family lawyer Vikas Singh made a statement about the video she posted requesting fair and fast investigation into the case. He pinpointed that her attire said more than her words. He said, “Rhea…in the video is not much of what she’s saying but how she’s looking.” He added, “I don’t think she would’ve worn that kind of salwar-suit ever…This was to show herself as a simple woman.” In the whole video with her pleading and stuff, he could only point a finger on what she was wearing and gleefully put forward a wrongly misinterpreted perception. And, netizens weren’t any better. They too thought that wearing Indian wear was a publicity stunt to put herself in an innocent light. SMH!
Funnily enough, these are the same people who would blame a woman for wearing short clothes and deem them troublemakers. And now, because we’ve discovered the NCB look, it’s okay to incessantly single out these women for lurid jokes. Suddenly, when she wears something that fully covers her up, for an official meeting, I must add, it is also not okay for them and a reason for them to put her down on the basis of her sartorial choice. So, nothing is good enough for them, right? They will find a fault in whatever we women wear and label us with whatever word they please. It is high time these people find a real job and leave the women and their clothes alone. Also, get a life while you’re at it.