The filmmaker, however, makes it clear that Bollywood does not contribute to violence against women. “The answer is a resounding no. Indian cinema has portrayed rapists as demons who have been brought to justice by the heroes. There is no credible evidence that Bollywood has contributed to violence against women.”
Also, when asked about the recent criticism of the ‘item number’ culture, he says, “Item songs have not come into existence now. I can think of Helen, who performed cabaret numbers.” For every three movies or songs that might do that, there are three more that are doing just the opposite — Zareen Khan, actor who has done item songs, on films objectifying women.