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Action Jackson: Replacing stalking men with stalking women is no feminism

For a change, Ajay Devgn, the hero, does not stalk his lady love Sonakshi Sinha in Prabhudheva's Action Jackson. But does that mean the choreographer-turned-director has come up with a socially-relevant movie? No. He's not yet quite there.

bollywood Updated: Dec 08, 2014 13:29 IST
Sweta Kaushal
Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times
Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn - Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Action Jackson is Prabhudheva's recent venture in Bollywood. In his Bollywood directorial debut Wanted, we saw Salman Khan stalking Ayesha Takia. Akshay Kumar was next in row when he followed Sonakshi Sinha everywhere in Rowdy Rathore before convincing her that the two are meant to be together! Shahid Kapoor’s character in R..Rajkumar was a new low in Bollywood stalking with the actor stalking Sonakshi Sinha and even droling over her slaps. With Action Jackson, Prabhudheva seems to have stooped to a new low on this count.

In Action Jackson, Sonakshi Sinha plays an ‘unlucky’ girl Khushi, who accidentally bumps into Ajay Devgn while he is trying on a new orange underwear in a changing room at a mall only to believe that seeing a naked Devgn changed her luck. And then she starts stalking the man to see him again, naked.

Watch: Ajay Devgn, Manasvi Mamgai in Gangster Baby from Action Jackson

Manasvi Mamgai, on the other hand, is the doped out sister of a Bangkok don for whom the other Devgn works. In her first appearance, Marina (Mamgai) is shown drooling over Ajay Devgn as he kills men who were trying to rape her, still tied to a chair. And when Ajay refuses her proposal, she turns into a psychopath -- after repeated attempts to kill his wife, when she realises he ain't giving up the sweet Yami Gautam (who plays his love interest), Marina decides to kill him and live as 'his widow' for life!

Sure, the misogyny deified in most of our Bollywood masala entertainers is not there in Action Jackson. Yes, the relief here is that the leading man (Ajay Devgn) is not the one stalking his lady love or dictating her life. Or for that matter, there are also no other father/brother figures for the main female characters who rule the lives of these ladies or dictate their lives.

However, simply showing women doing what men do in an otherwise patriarchal society and on the canvas of cinema, does not exactly make for a feminist statement. Showing women as sex objects -- either running after men to see their penis or acting as pyschologically challenged, over-driven by sex -- is no service to womankind either.

First Published: Dec 06, 2014 13:59 IST