Dabboo Ratnani’s wife backs Shraddha Kapoor’s war bonnet; says ‘we were not aware’

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Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani recently dropped the 20th edition of his annual calendar in which he featured 24 Bollywood stars including Shraddha Kapoor. However, the ‘Baaghi’ actress’ portrait did not go down well on social media and netizens started criticising the photographer and Shraddha for posing in the war bonnet. It is worn only by the male leaders of the highest order in the Native American community.

In the photo, Shraddha looked stunning but the comments section was flooded with criticism. People started calling it ‘culturally inappropriate’ and asking Dabboo Ratnani to remove the picture as soon as possible. Responding to people, Dabboo Ratnani’s wife Manisha told Bollywood Life, “We were not aware of this. The intention is never to hurt anyone whether it is from India or from abroad. I had no clue of the ‘cultural appropriation’ issue.”

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ART OR CULTURAL APPROPRIATION? . . . According to our basic birthright source, Wikipedia, the wearing & displaying of such headdresses, and other ‘indigenous traditional arts and sacred objects’ by those who have not earned them — especially by non-Natives as fashion or costume — is considered extremely offensive by traditional Native people. The ‘controversy’ is part of a wider effort by Native American activists to highlight the ongoing cultural genocide against indigenous peoples (especially in the United States and Canada). The stupid trend of musicians and festival-goers wearing warbonnets across festivals has led to criticism by Native Americans, apologies by non-Natives, and the banning of headdresses as costumes by several big-league music festivals. We thought this was common knowledge. Yet, we are here, talking about it being appropriated by a celebrity calendar. @shraddhakapoor by @dabbooratnani for #dabbooratnanicalendar . #Dietsabya

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A popular Instagram page, Diet Sabya, reposted Shraddha Kapoor’s picture and captioned it, “How many times does this exact same thing have to happen for people to learn tho? If you’re in the industry and you don’t know about all the massive controversies over using Native headdresses as fashion, then sorry, you should find another job.”

It is to be noted that this is not the first time a Bollywood celebrity is being criticised for wearing the Native American headdress for photoshoots. Earlier, Sonakshi Sinha and amrita rao have also faced the same backlash.

In his 20th edition, he featured 24 Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, John Abraham, Kartik Aaryan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Tiger Shroff, Varun Dhawan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Jaqueline Fernandez, Janhvi Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Kriti Sanon, Parineeti Chopra, Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sunny Leone and Vidya Balan.

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