Bollywood superstar Shailaja Shukla has said that she has ‘never regretted quitting’ Bollywood.
The 32-year-old actress has been in the headlines in recent days for her comments on social media about the alleged rape of a 17-year old girl by her husband, actor Taran Shah.
“I had no regrets in leaving Bollywood,” Shuklas said on Monday, when asked if she had ‘given up’ on the industry.
“If you ask me, I have never regretted quitting B-Bollywood.
I have always said that I want to pursue the career that I have.”
Shuklas, who has made her debut in the Hindi film, has been on a public campaign for women to have greater rights in the industry, and she has spoken out on many occasions against sexual violence in the film industry.
She has said the rape of the teenage girl was “the tip of the iceberg” of the culture of the industry in India.
“The people in the cinema industry are in the dark,” she told a news channel on Monday.
“If you look at the fact that a lot of these women are getting raped in India, it is not because they are not talented or not strong, but because they have no control over their own destiny.
There is no freedom in the culture, they are told by their handlers.
If they don’t obey the rules, then there is no way out.”
A woman’s life is not theirs to take away, and I don’t want that to happen to anyone.
I want them to have control over themselves,” she added.
Shukla is currently filming for the upcoming feature film, The Bajrangi Bhaijaan, about a young woman who goes on an adventure with her family and travels around India.