After the Delhi gangrape incident, the director-actor put down his displeasure in a poem titled ‘What is this country I live in’.
In the poem, he talks about inequality between genders and reprimanding perpetrators of crimes against women. He laments the state of the nation that his daughter will now grow up in, and he appeals to the reader to bring about a change in society. Farhan feels that change in law and order cannot curb the increasing rate of crime against women. “There has to be a change in the behavioural pattern of society at large,” he says. FARHAN AKHTAR'S POEMWhat is this country that I live in?With no equalityAnd the quality of lifeDiffers from husband to wifeBoy to girl, brother to sisterHey Mister, are you the same?Contributing to the national shameReplacing your mothersWith the bent ideology of another'sperception that women have a particular role in societyFills my heart with anxietyWhere is all of this going?What will emerge from these seeds that we're sowing?It makes my head spinBut I'm not giving inWill keep asking the question What is this country that I live in?
What is this country that I live in?That takes away her right to loveBrutalises her with an iron gloveRapes her without fearof there being justice for her tearWe've demeaned our goddessesGone back on all our promisesBecome a gender distorted nationGiven our conscience a permanent vacationwhat do I tell my daughter?That she's growing up to be lamb for the slaughterwe've got to make a changeReboot, reformat, rearrange,and never give inno matter how much our head may spinJust keep asking the questionWhat is this country that I live in? Here to help. Love. Farhan.