Jaya Bachchan wonders why Indian women wear western clothes, says ‘we accepted it gives labor to a woman’
Veteran actor Jaya Bachchan recently asked why so many women wear western clothes. The lead actor was in conversation with his granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda and daughter Shweta Bachchan for the former’s podcast What the hell Navya. The subject of the last podcast was “One crown, many shoes”.
In the episode, Jaya asked both Navya and Shweta, “Why do Indian women wear more western clothes?” Shweta tried to reason, “It’s because of the ease of movement. A lot of women today aren’t just at home, they’re going out, they’re getting jobs. It is easier to put on pants and a t-shirt than to drape a saree.
Unconvinced by Shweta’s reasoning, celebrity Guddi argued, “I think we have unknowingly accepted that Western clothing gives a woman that power. I would like to see a woman in the power of women. I’m not saying, ‘go wear a sari’. But in the West too, women wore dresses. This all changed much later when they started wearing pants.
Shweta further attempted to explain that it happened during the Industrial Revolution. She explained: “With the industrial revolution, when all the men went to war, the women started working in the factories and they had to wear trousers because you couldn’t do all the heavy machinery work. ..”
Navya chimed in talking about female CEOs who wear sarees and Jaya said it was because they are “self-made and self-confident”.
Jaya Bachchan does not hesitate to express her point of view. Previously on the podcast, she talked about relationships, her struggle with filming while on her period, and also gave some anecdotes from her illustrious career in the film industry.