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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014

Let's shut Ajanta-Ellora, ban Kamasutra, says Priyanka Chopra

IANS  New Delhi, December 06, 2013
First Published: 11:15 IST(6/12/2013) | Last Updated: 11:31 IST(6/12/2013)

If art leads to crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-Ellora and literature like Vatsayana's Kamasutra must be banned, said actor Priyanka Chopra who believes cinema is an "art" too and it should not be blamed for the rising crime against women in the nation. 

"I feel people are becoming less tolerant and more judgemental. Hindi films are meant for entertainment... if people think songs and films are causing an increase in rapes, why not first shut Ajanta-Ellora? We are a land of the Kamasutra... let's ban books," said Priyanka.

"Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art... we have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the 'A' certificate, why let children go for it? There's lawlessness here. I feel a filmmaker should just make what he wants to." Priyanka was speaking at an event in Delhi.

The actor was applauded for speaking her mind on the issue, which is brought up every time a rape takes place in India. However, Priyanka who backs girl child empowerment via different campaigns, says violation against women will only reduce when "laws will be implemented". 

"We have strict laws now but there's no implementation. There's fearlessness," said Priyanka, who has grooved to item songs like Babli badmaash and Ram chahe Leela. 

"Film industry is for entertainment, like music and books. If they are fiction, they are fiction, they should not be taken so seriously. Any form of art must not be made responsible to change society. Films can't change the society, the government leads society and government has to implement laws to bring change," added the former beauty queen.

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