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When in doubt, say it aloud with a filmy dialogue’. Like the Mumbai police, which have often showcased their creative side to educate people about law.
This time they have singled out dialogues from Bollywood films which objectify women and asking the public not to normalise misogyny.
We talk to celebs to know their opinion on the same and films or dialogues they have found offensive.
“Cinema is a reflection of society. Here are (just) a few (of many) dialogues both our society amp; cinema need to reflect upon. Choose your words amp; actions with care unless you want the law to intervene!” -tweeted Mumbai Police with misogynistic dialogues from Bollywood films ranging from Maalamaal (1988) to Kabir Singh.
And not only the tweet went viral but was hailed by social media apps across Twitter for starting a dialogue about all the right things. If a Twitter user writes, “Thanks @MumbaiPolice for showing mirror to #Bollywood and its so called film critics#LetsNotNormaliseMisogyny, then another calls it a ‘Wonderful message by @MumbaiPolice’. As goes the rule that nothing on social media that won’t get trolled, some were quick to remind the police on other bigger concerns. A user by the name Zee commented, “Focus on potholes amp; traffic, not misogyny.”
But the Mumbai police once again won hearts with its reply to shut down trolls and telling why misogyny is a pressing issue, “With due respect to the need of addressing the other concerns you mentioned, misogyny seems to be a lesser problem in the nature of comparison you have drawn. Exactly the reason why #LetsNotNormaliseMisogyny needs to be reiterated as many times and in as many ways.”
The right entertainment
Prateik Chaudhary says, “Kudos to Mumbai police! Please keep posting such content. It really makes a difference. There are so many people who think of misogyny as entertainment and we need to change that. I have heard this dialogue from many movies and also in real world “kya maal hai”. It’s unacceptable to address woman as maal.”
Haq Se actress Nikkesha believes television needs to address their misogynistic characters. She adds, “The villain is mostly a scheming woman in the family.” She recalls dialogues which she finds repulsive, “Buddhi ho ya jawaan, melodrama to is duniya ki sari aura to ke khoon me hai from 2 States or Marriage se pehle ladkiyan sex object hoti hain or marriage ke baad they object to sex” from Kambakhht Ishq”.
As she reminds us of “Akeli ladki khuli hui tijori ki tarah hoti hai” from Jab We Met, we stumble upon another such dialogue in the list of Mumbai police’s tweets, ‘But I allowed Ayesha to run her business’. Actress Ruhi Singh opines, “We need to understand cinema is not just message oriented, it also is for entertainment purpose and there will be all kinds of stories to tell. One needs to create a balance and shouldn’t be compromising on creativity.”
The good and the bad
She adds, “It’important for woman to fight for equality. Cinema has been an indispensable medium to express our feelings and at the same time everything about society. We should avoid making films which would give out a wrong message. There have been films that reflected misogyny, but did well commercially.”
‘Stalking is harassment’, ‘No means no’ and ‘Abuse in the name of love is not right’. If our sons are taught better our daughters will be safe. Mumbai police has initiated a great campaign, says Wamiqa Gabbi.