It’s Appalling That Modern Educated Women Keep Karva Chauth Fast: Ratna Pathak Shah

New Delhi: Ratna Pathak Shah is one of the most talented actresses in the country and like her husband Naseeruddin Shah, she always speaks her mind without mincing any words.

In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Ratna Pathak Shah spoke in length about her journey as an actress, opportunities for women, and our society becoming conservative. The actress said that she finds it ‘appalling’ that modern educated women keep karva chauth fast for the long lives of their husbands.

“Our society is becoming extremely conservative. I feel that very strongly. We are becoming superstitious, we are being forced into accepting and making religion a very important part of one’s life. Suddenly everyone’s talking about, ‘Karva Chauth ka vrat nai kar rahe hai aap?’. Till today no one has asked me this, last year was the first time someone asked me about it. I said, ‘Pagal hun main?’ Isn’t it appalling that modern educated women do Karva Chauth, praying for the lives of husbands so that they can have some validity in life,” Ratna Pathak Shah told Pinkvilla.

She also said that the first thing that a conservative society does is clamp down on its women and gave an example of Saudi Arabia. “What’s the scope of women in Saudi Arabia? Do we want to become like Saudi Arabia? And we will become because it’s very very convenient. Women provide a lot of unpaid labour within the home. If you have to pay for that labour, who will do it? Women are forced into that situation,” the actress was quoted as saying by Pinkvilla.

Ratna will next be seen in ‘Dhak Dhak’. The film also features Dia Mirza, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Sanjana Sanghi in the lead roles.