Do you know how to drape a sari? According to Kangana Ranaut, you should.
“I think if you’re an Indian woman, you should know how to drape a sari,” the superstar actress told Harper’s Bazaar India in its latest issue. “It’s a racket out there with people who only want to shame others in the name of propagating their culture and identity.”
Ranaut is pictured in the magazine wearing several saris by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who made headlines earlier this year for controversial comments about how he believes draping is a lost art during an appearance at the Harvard India conference. “I think, if you tell me you do not know how to wear a sari, I would say shame on you,” he said in February. “It’s a part of your culture, (you) need to stand up for it.”
His comments soon went viral on social media, with many users taking issue with Mukherjee’s choice of words. While the star designer quickly apologized for saying that women should be ashamed for not knowing how to drape, Ranaut said she agreed with the essence of his sentiments. She added that she believed that many young Indians were turning away from traditional clothing choices like the sari because of the pressure to be more Westernized.
“But I know people who find it ‘uncool’ to admit that they speak and understand Hindi or that they like Indian food or [that they are] brown,” she told the magazine. “You can be a citizen of the world without compromising on your individuality.”
While Ranaut’s own comments are creating a fair amount of controversy themselves, at least she practices what she preaches. The star was seen in a Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet last month.
To see what other Bollywood stars wore at the Cannes Film Festival, head here.