Bollywood’s versatile actress Ratna Pathak Shah, who is the wife of veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah has sparked the controversy due to her remark on Karwa Chauth festival during a recent interview.
The actress has been active in the film and TV industries for over four decades and got recognition from Star One’s sitcom Sarabhai vs Sarabhai as well as playing notable roles in movies such as Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Golmaal 3, Kapoor & Sons and numerous other films.
She was most recently seen in Bollywood film Jayeshbhai Jordaar, starring Ranbir Singh, Boman Irani and Shalini Pandey in the lead roles.
Ratna Pathak’s Controversial Remark on Karwa Chauth
The actress who has given terrific performances in the movies and TV shows, got involved herself in a controversy, when during a recent interview she said that women in the twenty-first century continue to practice antiquated customs like Karwa Chauth.
Those who don’t know about it, Karwa Chauth is a one-day festival celebrated annually by married Hindu women in which they observe fast from sunrise to moonrise and pray for the longevity of their husbands. In many households husbands also fast for their wives and pray for her long-life.
Ratna Pathak termed the festival “appalling” and revealed that last year she was questioned for the first time if she observe the Karwa Chauth, to which she replied “Am I crazy?, Isn’t it disgusting that educated modern women still perform Karwa Chauth, where they pray for their husbands’ lives”.
The actress also said that India is becoming a conservative society and the first thing it does is clamp down on its women- just like they have done in a country like Saudi Arabia.
Netizens Trolled Ratna Pathak for Her Remark
As soon as her remark went viral, she started getting trolled on social media and netizens even again highlighted the issue of Hijab. A user trolled the actress for “doglapan” and said that if Hijab is a freedom of choice then how come modern women doing Karwa Chauth is appalling.
School girls n modern women wearing hijab is ‘Freedom of choice’.. Modern women doing Karva Chauth is ‘Appalling’!! Btw Ratna Pathak Shah when r u removing ur husband's surname from ur name?? Isn't that regressive for u?? Kahaan se laato ho itna doglaapan" ??#RatnaPathakShah pic.twitter.com/yIZK49w39m
— Rochika Agarwal (@rochikaag) July 29, 2022
Another twitter user reacted to her comment and said that it is a free country where we can follow our believers, have a look:
People commenting on my belief system is Appalling
I do Karwachauth ‘cause I live in a free country where I CAN follow what I believe
I am a MODERN woman because I am not judgemental about others.
I am also an INTELLIGENT woman because I know my rights.#RatnaPathakShah pic.twitter.com/zk2necT29z
— Shweta Shalini (@shweta_shalini) July 28, 2022
Another reacted on Ratna comparing India with Saudi Arabia: