A new video featuring Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, by Queen-fame director Vikas Bahl, is going viral in the virtual space. Surprise, surprise: this one is neither funny, nor flippant.Instead, it is an unusual take on women's safety in our cities, and holds a mirror to the deep-rooted prejudices Indian men suffer from.
The video shows Alia stranded on a deserted road in the night after her car broke down, just after she told her over phone that she'd be back home in "ten minutes". Lonely and scared, she seems to be in for bigger trouble when five guys in an SUV appear on the scene.
And this is where the video takes everyone by surprise. Just when we thought the plot is about every girl's worst nightmare, the five men drive by, stop and eventually help her.
Talking about the short film, director Bahl had said earlier, "I pledge to create a short film titled Going Home, in which we visualise a utopia for women, where, unlike today, mistrust and fear don’t dictate actions and decisions."
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However, what bursts the bubble as a viewer seeking striking statement against unacceptable behaviour towards women is the fact that the men continue to lust for the girl even while lending their help to her. And the video ends with a statement: "Can we give her the world she believes exists?"
In our opinion, the video fails to address the real issue. Like we said earlier, the men continue to lust for girl, but stop short of doing anything to her. Is this the kind of attitude that will ensure women are safe in our cities? Remember, it's not that the men are not lusting for her, but simply refraining from doing anything. After all, with this kind of an attitude, it won't take a lot before their resolution snapped.
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