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Creative Responsibility

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A large portion of the guys have studied only in boys school.

In college too the guys hang out together, while the girls stick in a bunch.

The concept of sex education is alien.

The women they have interactions with are typically their mothers and sisters, who tend to live in service of the men in the family.

As the male hormones do their job, the primary source of information is the movie, or the TV screen.

And what do they learn?

Hero sees heroine

Heroine ignores hero

Hero eve- teases heroine

Heroine hates hero

A song later they fall in love.

Then parents intervene.

A few fights, and hours later, hero and heroine are united in happiness land.

That is a large percentage of movies in nearly any language.

TV shows are not particularly different. Women are always a step lower. In many TV shows women are screamed at, abused, treated shoddily and even slapped around. Through all this the hero comes through in shining colours.

To the large populace who looks at their movie hero adoringly, and will stand for hours outside the house for a darshan or rush for autographs, the distance between fiction and reality is pretty non existent.

So this generates three types of responses.

The first harmless one is imitating the hero’s clothes, hair style, walking style and so on. So you see people tying their shirt in a knot after seeing it in Deewar, or twirling their glasses because Rajni-saar does it or even wearing sunglasses on the back of the shirt because they saw it in Dabang and so on. As I said.. harmless.

The second type of response is eve teasing. Like in the movies, you will see them standing in groups of twos or threes and passing lewd comments to the women passing by. They have seen a Kapoor or a Khan or a Kumar doing it in a movie and well he does get the girl. Should be OK no?

And the last type is the kind we saw in Bangalore on Dec 31. Animal instincts taking over. Horrific incidents leaving everyone in shock and women traumatised. Anyone remember jumma chumma de de?

This has to start changing. tweets and protests are a good start but don’t reach the people who need to change.

We are a very impressionable nation and for many people if it works in a movie it will work in real life.

Those in the creative field have a tremendous opportunity to use their huge power responsibility and do their bit to drive the correct values in our society. For instance, If they decided they would only work on scripts that did not denigrate women and suggest or promote any sort of objectifying we would start to see a change. A Johar, Kashyap, Menon has more clout than he realises. We have seen with movies like Piku, Dangal or nearly any of the movies of the 60s and 70s love without lewdness is possible.

It takes a village to bring up a child and while parents teach values, we all know that kids are influenced more by their peer group than anything their parents tell them. Look at smoking for example.

So if parents did their bit by teaching the right values, supported by the vast film and advertising industry which throws millions of messages every year, we would have made a good first step.

With huge power comes huge responsibility and here is a great chance to wield that power to change the nation.

I don’t want my daughter’s hand bag to have thishc-nbcf-01-ribbon_0_0

She should be able to walk the streets of her country free without fear and not have to learn kick boxing and wonder when the next attack is going to come.

We can all do better than that and create an environment where the woman is cherished as an important part of society and an absolute equal.

After all with Creative License comes Creative Responsibility.

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  1. January 16, 2017 at 2:14 am

    This is sensible info! Where else can if ind out more?? Who runs this joint too? keep up the good work

  2. January 27, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Sir you have nailed it absolutely
    agree with you

  3. thomas varkey
    May 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Brilliant !! Not sure how I missed reading all your beautiful articles.. May be this is when I needed the most 🙂

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