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‘It is time to see the world through a Feminist Gaze’, says Shabana Azmi

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more

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Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)

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Item Songs Should Be Written With Caution, Shabana Azmi

Shabana says now the content has evolved and instead of showing weak and helpless women, Bollywood has started portraying strong female characters.

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Shaban Azmi Speaks Out Against Item Songs. Flickr
Shaban Azmi Speaks Out Against Item Songs. Flickr

Veteran actor and social activist Shabana Azmi, who has expressed her angst against item songs in the past, on Tuesday said lyricists must take care to avoid derogatory words.

“I am against the use of item songs in the films. The words which are being used in such songs are derogatory and are against the image of females,” said the “Arth” actress during an interactive session organised by News18 here.

Shabana cited the lyrics of “Fevicol se” song from the superstar Salman Khan-starrer “Dabangg 2”.

“I don’t feel there is any need to include item song in movies. They are not even related to the story. Lyricists should think twice before writing such songs,” added the 67-year-old actress, wife of celebrated writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Shabana Azmi is An Active Supporter of Women Right's. Flickr
Shabana Azmi is An Active Supporter of Women Right’s. Flickr

She also spoke about the changing content in Bollywood films and women-oriented films.

From “Damini” in 1993 to “Pink” in 2016, Bollywood has made a quite number of women-oriented films, but Shabana says now the content has evolved and instead of showing weak and helpless women, Bollywood has started portraying strong female characters.

Shabana, who is known for raising her voice for women’s rights, believes India has not progressed completely as female foeticide is still practiced.

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“Now, I just don’t want to point out the issues, I want to bring out the solution and fight for women with them,” added Shabana, who cited her late father and writer Kaifi Azmi’s words. (Bollywood Country)