Actor Raveena Tandon opened up about her experience traveling in Mumbai by public transport after a user questioned her understanding of the city’s middle-class struggles. Referring to the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Devendra FadnavisDeciding to move Metro 3’s car shed back to Mumbai’s Aarey Forest, the user tagged Raveena alongside Dia Mirza who opposed the development. “Do elite @Deespeak @TandonRaveena know the struggle of the middle class Mumbaikars?” read the tweet. (Read also: Raveena Tandon remembers taking a stand when the media made her fat†
Raveena responded, saying that she was teased and pinched on Eve, like many others, while traveling on local trains and buses. “Teens, traveled on locals/buses, got bullied, pinched and everything most women go through earned my first car in 92. Development is welcome, we need to be responsible, not just a project, but wherever we are cutting through its forests, to protect the environment/wildlife.”
In her next tweet, the actor added: “Everyone is not on a roll. Everyone has a hard time getting anywhere. I’m sure you have a house/car too. The day heatwaves/floods/natural disasters hit will be the first the common man. Elites will be the first to run away to their Swiss chalet.”
She continued: “All development is welcome. All one prays is that more is done to compensate for the loss of the environment/protection of wildlife. India today is proud of the increase in tiger numbers, but the depletion of forests is increasing the number of deaths from roads and railways of leopards and tigers.” Raveena said she hoped for a bright future if she puts her trust in government to ensure people’s interests, safety and convenience.
She was also tagged to a video of a man falling off a local train. It read: “Hello @TandonRaveena, When was the last time you traveled like this to oppose Metro? You people are shameless.” “I traveled like that until 1991. And as a girl, I was also physically harassed by nameless trolls like you. Before I started working, saw success and earned my first car. Troll Ji. Nagpur ke ho, hara bhara hai aap ka city (Your city Nagpur is evergreen). Happy. Don’t ignore anyone (for) their success or merit,” she replied.
Apart from Raveena, several other Bollywood celebrities like Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Dia MirzaRicha Chadha and Urmila Matondkar, among others, had previously opposed the felling of hundreds of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony for the metro project. Former CM Uddhav Thackeray had blocked the construction and appointed a panel to look for alternative options.