While Mumbai police blamed Bollywood item numbers for provoking men, producer Mahesh Bhatt walked out in anger
With the recent spurt in atrocities against women across the country, the million-dollar question is should Bollywood films just provide entertainment or also serve as a medium for change by promoting social values? On Monday leading personalities from television and film industry brainstormed about how crime against women can be controlled? This being the first interaction of its kind, many celebrities from B town— Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Salim Khan, Javed Akhtar, Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, Boney Kapoor, Madhur Bhandarkar and many more attended the meet.
Sources from the police authorities on condition of anonymity confirm, “For the past few months rape and many other heinous crimes against women is being faced one after the other. Especially Mumbai, which allowed free movement irrespective of sex, has been overshadowed and women cannot move freely anymore.” The source further revealed that a video was shot, which has been conceptualised by the police authorities and was shown before the meeting commenced. “We put forth our concern and our complain along with the video. It clearly showed that item numbers, pelvic thrusts and other sexually enticing scenes do ignite the feeling of wrong doings in the minds of the already sick men. In order to bring an end to crime against women it was mainly discussed that film makers be responsible enough to not shoot such provocative scenes,” the source added.
Satyapal Singh, Mumbai Police commissioner said, “We indeed want the film and television medium to support our cause of eradicating crime against women. Thus making Mumbai a crime free zone especially for the crimes committed against the women folks.”
But when the discussions further tried to put the producers and directors in a tight spot, Mahesh Bhatt and Javed Akhtar refused to agree that the films are responsible for igniting wrong doings amongst men. They maintained the fact that film is a medium, which represents the facts, but by no means films can stand responsible for bringing down the ethical values in men folks. Over heated discussions that ensued, Mahesh Bhatt walked out in anger and even refused to comment to the media.
Lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar said, “I get very nervous to pass by any Police station!” Refusing to comment on the video he smilingly added, “Since Shabana is part of the video, I will not be able to comment anything on it.”
While Salim Khan appreciating the efforts of the Maharastra police said, “Our Maharashtra police authorities have fulfilled their dutiful act from time to time in a pristine manner, when compared to other states. Also, they have maintained their fear amongst the ‘junta’ of Maharashtra and thus the crime rates here in Mumbai is pretty low.”
Ajay Devgn on a note of cooperation said, “When we face any family problems, we surely sit down together and try to solve it immediately. Similarly we all need to support the agenda of the Maharashtra police authorities for the betterment of the society.” Akshay Kumar echoing Ajay’s cooperative stance said, “We all need to have a positive state of mind and need to help the police authorities in every way to reduce the crime rate on women that has increased recently.”
Producer Boney Kapoor encouraging the good start made by the police authorities said, “We have just begun and I feel that this move of Maharastra police authorities will definitely bring in positive changes in the society. We all need to support this cause whole-heartedly. Well, the threatening calls issue was not discussed in this meet.”
In the open press meet, the agenda was not discussed clearly and everyone present were just beating about the bush. Whether this step will fructify into a long-term change is a matter of concern and much contention.