The two leading ladies of Bengali language cinema, who happen to be close friends, are first-time MPs from the Indian state of West Bengal. Jahan and Chakraborty were earlier trolled for dressing fancily and clicking selfies outside the Indian Parliament with a section of society morally policing them, asking them to “show respect to the Parliament”.
Images of Newly Elected TMC MPs Mimi Chakraborty & Nusrat Jahan has created a furore. Their dress sense is criticised.— Arshit Pathak (@arshpath) 29 May 2019
This is new India, young, vibrant & ever ready to break the established norms. Why we want a 20 year old artist to behave like a 70 year old politician? pic.twitter.com/iVNnPgfs67
Hitting out at those making a hue and cry over their dress style, the two actresses clarified in a recent interview that they never intended to disrespect Parliament’s sanctity.
“The men can show up to the parliament wearing whatever they want. But if a woman dresses up well to parliament, people start questioning her", Jahan said in the interview.
The comments, however, were not well received by all sections of society.
No one respect you. You don't know about Constitution and culture of India. Just got a mp ticket by luck.— Soumya Swarup Das (@imbobby07) 13 July 2019
Hopefully my India will change in future & mp will be select by merit and through your attitude to dustbin. Really shame on you#JaiHind
Really frustrated. pic.twitter.com/tnSWk7pik0
It is not wrong, neva,whtever da photo was however the pictures was— sundeep jhunjhunwala (@bhallu1984) 15 July 2019
Exact point is think above and think now i:e you are now elected for nation and you hav responsibility and duty..show maturity and leave behind wat u were act wat u r now..think wisely your position now..jai hind
Dont high light her plz...Bengal has selected her, for development work not to see all this. Bengal is least interested in her makeup & dress & Sindoor story. Hope you understood Smt. Nusrat Jahan biwi— T.S.R (@rikmoutanya) 14 July 2019
One Twitter user stated it would be much better if the two ladies dressed in traditional Indian sarees.
नुशरत जी आप जितनी खुबसुरत साड़ी मे लगती हो उतनी खुबसुरत किसी भी कपड़े मे नहीं लगोगी। आगे आपकी मर्जी ।— Balbir Tiwari (@TiwariBalbir) 13 July 2019
However, not everyone disagreed with the arguments of the actresses-turned-parliamentarians. While some reasoned that it is entirely their “choice and right” to wear whatever they want, some applauded the duo for bringing change.
Agree women should be allowed to wear jeans and top if they want in parliament— Ankit tiwari (@olaHoUberr) 13 July 2019
Its not inappropriate
Respect everyone's personal life and faith .— Rohit Kumar (@RohitKu01233501) 14 July 2019
One user termed Chakraborty as her “inspiration”.