A woman’s body is not a democracy, it is a dictatorship: Amitabh Bachchan

  • Subhash K Ja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 13:18 IST
Actor Amitabh Bachchan believes education can bring about equality in the country. (AFP)

Pink is set in Delhi, said to be one of the unsafest cities for women in the world. What do you feel about the growing crimes against women and what measures do you think should be taken to contain such atrocities?

I wish I had an answer, but I do not. Laws, punishments, public awareness, safety, regulations, debates and discussions shall take place aplenty, and they should.

But unless we change the mind set of our countrymen, or indeed any human that indulges in such horrific, depraved, degenerate and disgusting crimes in any part of the world, we cannot expect fruitful results.

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There needs to be an educational effort, efforts to bring uniformity, respect and equality without discrimination. Women cannot be objectified. A woman’s body is not a democracy, it is a dictatorship and its high time they started exercising that right !

How far do you think cinema has the power to influence the way women are treated in our society. A lot of social analysts believe that ‘item songs’ incite and encourage hooliganism eve teasing and even rape?

If as you say, item songs incite and encourage hooliganism, eve teasing and rape, then we must all know that such horrific acts shall also incite sentences behind bars for years and at times for life. Which film has not depicted that?

You know and I know, that in reality and in life and everyday existence, not always has the process succeeded, or been exercised in its entirety. But in cinema it does.

Perhaps a section of the audience is unable to appreciate on screen sensuousness in the right spirit?

But sensuality does not only occur in film item numbers. Nature, climate, music, flowers, the classics in poetry and writing have the power to be sensuous too. How will that be prevented or cured – if such a cure is being sought? I find the very act of social analysis, sensuous. Dare anyone stop me from feeling so.

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Society, social and moral norms were and are made by humans. They did not fall from the skies. They went through centuries of change and are undergoing change as we talk and I pray that they do for our betterment.

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