Anjali Menon on films celebrating toxic masculinity: 'Actors should be mindful' - Hindustan Times

Anjali Menon talks about recent hit films 'celebrating' toxic masculinity: Actors should be mindful of what's being...

Mar 12, 2024 05:43 PM IST

Anjali Menon spoke at length of the shifting cultures in the industry, where films celebrating toxic masculinity are doing well at the box office.

Filmmaker Anjali Menon is trying to understand the reasons why films that celebrate toxic masculinity are being appreciated by the audience. In a new interview with India Today, the director of films like Bangalore Days and Ustad Hotel, talked about the importance of the actor's decision, when choosing a film that might be celebrating something problematic as toxic masculinity. (Also read: Anjali Menon says filmmaking knowledge is must for giving reviews, Twitter says she is 'taking audience for granted')

Filmmaker Anjali Menon has spoken about the impact of films on society.
Filmmaker Anjali Menon has spoken about the impact of films on society.

What Anjali said

Without taking the name of any film, Anjali said, “I can react as an audience member to such films. I can choose to watch it or not. If you ask whether films have an impact on the audience, I'd say they do! I'd recently written a column where I spoke about the pull our matinee idols have. If they say something positive, it's going to have a great impact. I feel our actors, who have such pull, should also be mindful of what's being celebrated in the film. They should also have the freedom to do negative characters. For our benefit, if we are aware of it and use the medium accordingly - it is for the better. We have a wide range of audiences who celebrate different kinds of content.”

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'It's a democratic medium'

She further talked about how the onus also lies on the filmmaker as to what they are creating under the garb of entertainment. “For all the gyan (advice) that goes around, we, as filmmakers, should be aware of the content we create. It's a democratic medium. The whole thing about freedom is that someone else's freedom begins where yours end,” she said.

Anjali's last directorial release was 2022's Wonder Women, which starred Nadiya Moidu, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Nithya Menen, Amruta Subhash, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Sayanora Philip and Archana Padmini. She is set to make her directorial debut in Tamil in collaboration with KRG Studios.

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