For me, there are two parts to this debate on sanitising the item number for television. Personally, as a filmmaker, I am openly and absolutely relaxed with the idea of scanning film item songs for objectification and objectionable portrayal of women. I don’t care much about what kind of a song or dance gets the axe (or not) when promoting a film. It’s simply because the kind of films I make cannot be promoted by item numbers alone. In fact, I have problems on how to fit the songs into my narratives. So it’s something that does not affect me personally. And I also do hope that such a measure would set limits to the inanity and banality of using a woman’s body to sell a film, for the lack of any better idea. But that is only half the response.
The other side of the argument is more serious. Why did the home ministry instruct the Central Board of Film Certification CBFC to scan the item songs? To check what? If they seriously think that this would lessen the objectification and abuse of women in society, then they need to get their heads examined. Or it has to be recognised for what it is: the most deplorable kind of tokenism.
(Dibakar Banerjee is the director of Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye, Love Sex Aur Dhoka and Shanghai)
Chidambaram has announced ‘Nirbhaya Fund’ of Rs 1,000 crore for safety and empowerment of women.
“What message the FM exactly wants to send? Does he want to say that if you don’t get justice, then you have to be satisfied with such tokens?
Naming a scheme or fund after a victim, she said, would not help curb the crimes against women. Rather it gives an impression that men would continue to rape or molest. The Government needs to tighten the security and spend more on state-of-the-art technologies for better policing,
I wonder if I might be appropriate expressing what I am about to, pertaining particularly to Mr. Banerjee's very good views, and very pertinent views. Actually, I am endorsing his good intentions. It appears, that the Khap Panchayat feel, that a son will not kill his father for property. Also, being a community, such as a village, if people don't intermarry, it might be that people in the village will look at each other like they do their immediate family. It might not be unusual, for family relations to dispute for property, when children themselves are not entitled to the property, and children are aware of the fact, the reason being that their parents are alive. You cannot dispute a logic, if it exists for reason. And, there are issues with every community.
Actually, Mr. Banerjee seems a person who thinks about safety generally, and not specifically. We all do, perhaps. Why would he enter into debate, where he specifically seems to be finding personal motive, not seemingly to be safe, but because it pertains to cinema? I mean, he might have a car accident, where a person is injured. Also, no person needs a specific reason, to hit another man, physically. Friends do so, in jest. There is no obligation socially, to talk to everyone. People actually are worried about social interaction, which others might dislike, in relation to the self.
The Indian cinema stereotypes the male as violent, idiotic and macho ( aggresor ), and the woman as innocent, sensous and intelligent ( victim ).
This gives Indian males a bad peer and females a good peer.
This kind of brainwashing is damaging the male gender no end.
Today the youth desire change. An item song,a narrative in film,
a book or an advertisement shows the change.Always society
oppose change. See the films of seventees and compare it with
today's. Censorship on the ground that its against women is an
idea of protecting vote bank and shedding crocodile tears on
womens right or gender equality. Feudal mind set is slowly
going for a change and its a welcome sign.
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