Romance worse than item songs, says Farhan Akhtar

  • Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 18, 2013 11:24 IST
  • Farhan-Sonam

    Sonam with Farhan: Sonam Kapoor will be seen playing the love interest of Farhan Akhtar in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the biopic on ...

  • Sonam Kapoor

    Sonam Kapoor looks scintillating in the blue gown.

  • The duo will be seen together in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on the life of world famous athlete Milkha Singh.

  • Farhan Akhtar will play athlete Milkha Singh.

  • Sonam Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar caught in a candid moment.

  • Sonam Kapoor poses cutely in the white dress.

  • The two look good together.

  • Farhan-Sonam

    The chemistry between the actors is quite evident.

  • Sonam Kapoor

    Haute Sonam Kapoor sizzles in black.

The horrific gang rape in Delhi on December 16 and the rising number of crimes against women in India, is making Bollywood sit up and take notice of the effect that popular culture and cinema has on the mindset of the masses.

Actor and director Farhan Akhtar who has been vocal about the issue of women safety says, “I’m troubled by the skewed concept of romance that is shown in our films, where in, a woman is shown to playfully succumb to the constant harassment of a man trying to convince her to accept his proposal of love.”

He, in fact, feels that this portrayal of women is worse than that in item songs. “As far as item songs are concerned, they are black and white and you have the choice of not watching,” says 39-year-old Akhtar, adding, “Our female actors also need to be responsible while taking up such roles.”

Meanwhile, Farhan, who was in the Capital, is excited about playing Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s next. “I’m so happy that the trailers have been liked by everyone. As an actor, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has been an amazing experience. I have pushed myself a lot for this film, and I am very confident about its success,” he says.

 

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