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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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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)

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Bollywood Tells Stories About Love, But Also Highlights Stalking

Cinema gets a dose of creepiness in the name of love

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Be it Varun Dhawan’s attempts to woo Alia Bhatt in “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, or Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar and clicking her photographs without her consent in “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” or Shah Rukh Khan singing the famous “Tu haan kar ya na kar, tu hai meri Kiran” — Bollywood tells stories about love but also highlights stalking.

Social activist Ranjana Kumari blames cinema for creating a culture of stalking women.

“They show that initially women say ‘No’ but don’t take ‘No’ for a ‘No’. It is actually a ‘Yes’. It has been there since long. Stalking has been packaged in a romantic way,” Kumari told IANS.

“It conveys the superiority that men have over women. She, in any case, has to give in. It is a myth that is being perpetuated by creating this culture… She is still an object of his desire,” she added.

Actress Swara Bhasker, who appeared in “Raanjhanaa”, admitted that the Aanand L. Rai directorial glorified stalking.

Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan
Varun Dhawan.

“When it came out, it got panned by feminists for glorifying stalking… For a long time, I refused to believe it and thought that it is not true… But then as time passed by, I was like, actually, maybe yes,” she said when she joined actress Kareena Kapoor Khan for an episode of her radio show.

According to psychologist Samir Parikh, films have an impact on people at some level or the other.

“When you see something being presented in a palatable manner to you, you feel it is okay to do it, so you get desensitised to it. You get disinhibited and it changes your perception of reality. People, especially youngsters and vulnerable ones, end up doing what they see their role models doing,” Parikh told IANS.

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“It is important to educate and upgrade people and give them the right support and guidance,” he said.

All is not fair in love, and it is time to put the lens on it as well. (IANS)