Bollywood came together in support of the Delhi gangrape victim with a peaceful candlelight vigil at Juhu. Disheartened, disturbed by Delhi gangrape victim’s death, Bollywood celebs also expressed their thoughts on Twitter.
We will remember, because to forget will be the biggest betrayal: Shabana Azmi
Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi says, “We will not cry; we will not despair. We will remember, because to forget will be the biggest betrayal. This is our wake-up call and we resolve to reflect and analyse how every segment of society is, in part, responsible for this misogynistic mindset that regards women as objects. We demand a violence free society, accountability from the police and political class, firm investigation, fast track courts, speedy justice and certainty of conviction for the culprits.”
The government is no longer our baap: Sudhir Mishra
I am not only heartened by this reaction from women, but also from men. They have taken a stand. I am glad that people have woken up. They are not interested in platitudes, and the political class has to get used to it. The government has to put their foot down now. There has to be continuous dialogue between citizens and officials as equals; we are not their children and they are no longer our ‘baaps’. We should refuse to put our lives in the hands of anyone, whether it is our boss, government or even parents, if they are leading us on a wrong path.
We should question it all and the government ought to give us rational answers and not just show off their power. You think you are making a free choice, which you are not. You have to be aware when you are being manipulated.
The same goes for relationships. There has to be freedom in relationships. Men have to get used to the idea that women are free and are entitled to walk away (from bad situations). They can object (to unwarranted behaviour) and men have to accept it. You have to stop thinking that women are
misusing their feminity.
All my films have tried portraying women’s issues very strongly. When you see Inkaar or if you have seen Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003) or Dharavi (1991), they have strong female protagonists.
The same goes for Chameli (2003). I haven’t done anything special, I have just portrayed them as they are. I have learnt a lot from women and my films are a tribute to them.
Every girl in this country has been harassed: Esha Gupta
It’s saddening to see this happen. I can’t even imagine the pain and agony she must’ve gone through. But I’m glad that the citizens of this country are reacting. Through the media, we’ve realised what the girl has gone through and it’s heartbreaking.
But why can’t we just nip this menace in the bud? Every girl in this country has, at some point, been eve teased, has been passed comments on and has been molested. Why can’t the government make stricter laws? In fact, the rape and molestation laws are the same. If I complain about being molested, no action will be taken until a medical exam is done.
When people blame films for showing wrong content, I would like to say that films also show good things. The problem is in the mentality. Why is it that every time a girl walks on the street, she’s looked at with lecherous eyes? Offenders should be punished. Only then will criminals be afraid of crossing boundaries and committing such crimes.
I’m a Delhi girl and I love the city, but that doesn’t mean that this is acceptable. And frankly, it happens everywhere in India. What about Aruna Shanbaug, who was raped and beaten so brutally in Mumbai? The problem is, all of the fuss goes away after a few months. I hope it doesn’t happen this time too. It hurts even more because that girl wanted to live; she was fighting for her life.
I want to tell all women to not give up and to continue to be strong. It’s not about what we wear or how we talk. We have the freedom of speech; we should also have the freedom to walk alone on the roads without facing trouble. I agree when Akshay Kumar says that self-defence classes should be made compulsory for women. I want the nation to keep appealing to the government to take action. Let’s not give up.
Only those people who run India are safe here: Aditi Rao Hydari
I am sad, ashamed and angry because it has taken so long and such a horrific incident to actually get people in power and ordinary citizens to even start thinking about crimes against women.
Rape is possibly the worst crime. It’s disgusting in every way. Rapists are depraved beasts; why are we breeding them? Why are they not afraid of committing these crimes? Because the decision makers do nothing about them. Sadly, in our country, till a person in power is harmed, no one bothers to do anything.
The only people who are safe are the ones who run India. This is not about cities or clothes or tinted windows. It is about self-serving decision makers. It’s about lack of security. It’s about having no faith in our administrative bodies because, time and again, they have let us down. It is about lack of respect and education and its complacent citizens.
Every single person should hang their heads in shame because they have the blood of every innocent girl, who has been raped or burnt or killed, on their hands because they couldn’t stand up and save her.
This has finally become a problem worth noticing, for us, and whether or not our government does anything, I hope this will move beyond protests, discussions and anger. We need productive change. I pray that every single citizen of this country will reflect on their culpability and help make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Some of them even addressed the media, sympathising with the 23-year-old girl who passed away on Saturday. Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Genelia D’Souza Deshmukh, Hema Malini, Goldie Behl, Sonali Bendre, Mandira Bedi and Tisca Chopra turned up to show their support.
MORE BOLLYWOOD REACTIONS (Courtesy: Prashant Singh)
This death should change our sick world: Ayushmann Khurrana
From the lopsided sex ratio to the patriarchal mentality, everything is wrong in the Capital. Enough is enough. I am a non-violent
person, but endorse public angst for the first time on this issue. One life has the power to change the world. Similarly, this death should also change our sick world. Now, we should live to teach our present and the future generations the basics of life, which starts with respecting the fairer sex.
I don’t know what’s wrong with Delhi: Chitrangda Singh
We need to tackle this menace at every level. Meting out capital punishment for rape isn’t enough. For something like eve teasing and molestation too, there should be severe punishment. We have to nip such cases in the bud. The need of the hour is to instill some fear in people’s heads.
We need fast-track courts to deal with such cases. And these issues need to be handled with sensitivity and care. I don’t know what’s wrong with Delhi, but it all boils down to the mindset. But for some reason, men are aggressive there, especially towards women. A lot of my female friends and family members have moved to Mumbai and they feel safer here than there.
Parents must teach that it is an equal society: Huma Qureshi
It’s unfortunate that the girl has passed away, but what I am most surprised about is the way the authorities have handled the case. To talk about women’s clothes and the fact that they shouldn’t move around freely is annoying. It’s shameful that we are still thinking about moral codes for women. It’s disgraceful to even think on those lines. I have grown up in Delhi and go there once a month. What I have realised is that there is a strong male mentality against women.
I am not a feminist, but there is genuine need to bring about a change in our thinking at the family, school and college level. Parents must teach boys that it’s an equal society and there are no special privileges to either men or women. So the real change has to come from within. Even if our leaders pass stricter laws, it wouldn’t help. The need of the hour is implementation of existing laws. Once I was eve teased by someone on a bike in Delhi. I decided to ask for help, but it took me 35-40 minutes to reach the right person and complain. We need swifter action from authorities.
I am responsible for your death, says Bollywood
Most of the celebrities took responsibility of failing as a part of the society in the plaight that the Delhi gangrape victim had to undergo.
Anurag Basu: I am sorry. I am responsible for your death. I am a coward and I am selfish. I am insensitive and the saddest part is that I was waiting for you to sacrifice your life to change. I will never forgive myself. Never.
Sonakshi Sinha: Indians have failed miserably as a society. I hope that the anger and outrage doesn't lose steam because the reason for it is no more. Is the cost of bettering our society a young and innocent girl's life? This country better repay this debt in the form of justice.
Kangna Ranaut: I don't know how many lives it will take for our government to realise that common men and women are no different from them. Their lives and security are equally important. Right now it feels like as long as they have guards protecting them, nothing else matters.
Sridevi: As a mother of two girls, I am deeply hurt and disturbed by the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim. She has sacrificed her life for millions of Indian women.
Alia Bhatt: She fought till her last breath. She was a brave young girl who deserved more. This year is ending on a devastating note, but justice should be served. I am outraged and broken. She was so young. Many girls have been through incidents like this, sometimes in their own homes. I think the nation has one thing in common at the end of 2012 - rage and sorrow for the loss of India's daughter.
Subhash Ghai: I feel extremely sad at this tragedy. This young girl left us with a deep awakening. We have to do a lot at all levels to build our society and nation so that there is more human dignity and national character. We deserve to live without any fear in our own country.
Shoojit Sircar: I really feel extremely disappointed. This is disgusting. Rapes have been happening for ages, but if this case can give some conscience to the people of the country, I will be grateful to this brave girl. This is not the time to play politics. The attitude needs to be changed.
Richa Chadda: I am saddened. I definitely want a very harsh punishment for criminals and better laws in our country. But if we want a better society, then we should start from our homes. Men need to be given a good upbringing as children and they should be taught to respect women.
Akshay Kumar: RIP democracy!
Our fighter lost the battle of life. Her only fault: she ventured out of the house at night, walking the streets of the national capital expecting to be safe. The day a woman can walk freely on the roads at night is when India will be truly independent. RIP democracy (sic)!
Bollywood takes out silent protest march (Courtesy IANS)
Soon after it was declared that the victim of the brutal gangrape in Delhi had passed away, the country erupted in protest. The film industry also held a silent protest march in Mumbai on Saturday evening and the fraternity turned up in big numbers.
The protest march from from Juhu beach to Kaifi Azmi park, was led by the late poet’s daughter, actor and social activist Shabana Azmi. “The brave girl has lost her life but has awakened the country,” Azmi said. Various Bollywood celebrities took to the streets to show their support to the deceased victim and her family.
Celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Alka Yagnik, Lalit Pandit, Jaya Bachchan, Javed Akhtar, Hema Malini, Om Puri, Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kapoor and Sonu Niigam were among those present.
Jaya Bachchan broke down while expressing her condolences and said that she understood the family’s pain. “There are many girls in my family. I feel scared when I think of what the 23-year-old had to go through. Whatever we did was very late. We should collectively apologise to the family and to all women who have gone through such an ordeal,” she said.
Singer Sonu Niigam, who used to live in the Capital, said: “I have stayed in Delhi. The boys are hungry there and they look at women as if they are restaurants,” he said.
Amitabh Bachchan dedicates a peom as tribute to the braveheart (Courtesy PTI)
As the entire country mourned the death of the Delhi gangrape victim, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has composed a moving poem as a tribute to her hoping that the world wakes up to the right and dignity of women.
Referring to the 23-year-old girl as Damini and Amaanat, the senior actor's poem in Hindi and English said that long after the candle light vigil and floral tributes would end, "...the 'fearless' (nirbhayata) fire that has been ignited, shall rekindle the flames in our hearts..."
Following is the poem:
"With the passage of time, the candles shall burn out and lose their flame...
The flowers offered with devotion, shall in the absence of water, get dry and weathered out...
The voices of protest both vocal and silent, shall lose their strength...
But the 'fearless' ( nirbhayata ) fire that has been ignited, shall rekindle the flames in our hearts...
The waterless dry and weathered flowers, shall be brought to life drenched by the tears in our eyes...
With a burning throat the soul of 'Damini' and 'Amaanat', shall be voiced in the entire universe...
That I am the Mother, sister and daughter of my Bharat...
Respect and dignity are my birthright possessions ..
Bharat the country is my Mother...
Forget about me, become at least the recognised worthy face of your Mother..!!"