Shahid Kapoor faces sexism charge for ‘TikTok’ video with Yami Gautam


Actor Shahid Kapoor is busy these days trying to promote his next film Batti Gul Meter Chalu even without leaving Mumbai because of his wife Mira Rajput’s pregnancy.

The versatile actor has chosen to be by his wife’s side until the delivery of the couple’s second child. But, this hasn’t stopped him from promoting his film using his social media pages, particularly Instagram.

The film, which has Shahid, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam in lead roles, will release next month. Two songs, Gold Tamba and Dekhte Dekhtehave had quite a positive response from their fans.

In the film, Shahid will been seen fighting it out with an electricity supply company as a lawyer after one of his friends commits suicide.

On Wednesday, the Padmaavat actor posted a promotional video of himself with Yami, with both the actors attempting to recreate a scene from the film. In the video, Yami, who represents the power company as a lawyer in the film, is seen saying, “Zara facts aur figure ki bhi baat kar lein (Can we also talk about facts and figure?)” To which Shahid replies to Yami’s utter mock shock, “Facts to mere paas hain, aur aap ke hote hue figure ki baat main kaise karoon madam (I have my facts and when you are around, how can I talk about figure madam?)”

Shahid’s reply on figure is not in relation to the statistical data that Yami asks for. Instead, through his ‘figure’ jibe, Shahid attempts to take a swipe at Yami’s physical shape.

While posting the video, Shahid wrote, “Come to TikTok and check out my duet with @yamigautam. Our new film Batti Gul Meter Chalu will release on 21st Sept 2018 See you at the cinemas! Big.”

While most of the fans loved the teaser video created to promote a scene from the film, many were seen frowning at Shahid for what they said was ‘sexist’ jibe at a female lawyer in the film.

One fan wrote, “Sick and sexist.” Another female follower wrote, “This might seem funny but the context in which this has been used in the film is very sexist…something women face a lot in their professional lives! In an argument in a court, when opposition is a woman this comment is very sexist and is a reflection of what women face in daily life.. if she is doing well, arre itni sundar hai na isliye. Arre you know why she has got into that position.. arre yAr she is sleeping with the boss. And this continues… and as usual Bollywood glorifies and objectifies women… Bit disappointed to see yami Gautam patronising this.. I used to really like her!”

Going by the sharp response to this video, it’s almost certain that the film will anger India’s feminist groups when it’s released next month.