Kangana Ranaut, who’s known to speak her mind on the issues of gender inequality, pay disparity and nepotism in Bollywood, has opened up on Rani Mukerji‘s latest statement. The latter recently talked about #MeToo and said that there’s a need for women to change themselves. Commenting on the same, Kangana has said that people should be empowered and women should not be discouraged.

Kangana was exiting from the Mumbai airport when she was asked to react on what Rani said. Her statement read, “People who need support, who need to be empowered, we must empower but agar Rani Laxmi Bai jaise ladkiyan agar humari society humein de sakti hai toh why not, unko discourage nahi karna chahiye. If they are strong women, we should not discourage women. I was 16-years-old when I filed my first FIR against sexual assault so there are people who can stand up for themselves, they shouldn’t be discouraged”.

She added that not everyone needs empowerment. “Empowerment who need, they should be empowered but not necessarily everyone needs. Some people can give empowerment also. Some people are givers, the ones who can should be encouraged to give strength, people who are working with NGOs,” said Kangana.

For the uninitiated, Rani was recently present in an interview with other actresses-Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Taapsee Pannu and Tabu. When the interviewer asked what change did #MeToo movement bring in the film industry, Rani said that she would like to use the platform to stress on the fact that women need to learn to protect themselves. She said women should learn to raise “their sons right” and “if they don’t want it to happen, it won’t happen”. Rani said, “I think as a woman, you have to be that powerful within yourself, you have to believe that you’re so powerful that if you ever come into a situation like that, you have the courage to say ‘back off’. Everything relates to what you want out of your life. If ever they (women) find themselves in a situation like that, they should make sure that the man suffers right there and then. You have to have the courage to be able to protect yourself”.