'Don't blame Bollywood for rapes'

Do explicit movie scenes and double-meaning songs and dialogues incite sexual violence? Many think so. But most directors in the Hindi film industry don't agree.

Monday, December 24, 2012 | 4:28:06 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Do explicit movie scenes and double-meaning songs and dialogues incite sexual violence? Many think so. But most directors in the Hindi film industry don't agree.

Director of "The Dirty Picture" Milan Luthria feels that it is not correct to blame films for such rape and related crimes.

"I think it is unfair to make such an allegation about movies and songs. I take great offence. We need to look at our society and culture and how we live. Let's focus on real issues," Luthria told IANS.

Giving a woman's perspective, "Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi" director Bela Sehgal feels it is important to inculcate a feeling of respect for women in boys from a young age.

"How can you rape a woman when it is a woman who gives birth to you," she said.

Even though Sehgal feels that movies are a reflection of the society, they can't be blamed for brutal sexual crime.

"Films are a reflection of how our society is. But I have not seen such a gruesome rape in any film. It is very shocking, but I don't think films can be blamed," she said.

Of course, violence and murders shown on the screen give ideas to people. Those who raped the 23-year-old in Delhi were psychopaths, she said.

Psychologist Neha Patel agrees with the general perception that television and films do influence people. She feels that a vivid display of the consequences of rape can help in reducing such crime.

"We have seen how ads send out subtle messages. When films show rape scenes, they often focus on the suffering of the girl instead of showing the consequences borne by the man," she said.

"If this is shown, it might inculcate a feeling of fear in men... a visual depiction of consequences is very important."

With item numbers becoming a must in every film, "Goal" director Vivek Agnihotri feels that songs with sexual innuendos do effect the psyche of people.

"More than rape scenes it's the subliminal messages which affect the psyche. These come from perverted songs, dances, gestures, dialogues which are meant to titillate the audience," Agnihotri told IANS.

"Very often I find our movies crossing that line. Why just movies? Even in school functions and birthday parties 10-year-olds dance with vulgar movements on vulgar lyrics."

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 9:30pm
There may not be a direct cause and effect relationship between tv and violence against women.

However, it does feed into already deep seated backward thoughts about a woman and her place in society..especially Indian society. One cannot only blame men. Women are also part of the problem. Many mother in laws treat their DIL like shit..burning them, insulting them etc etc..demanding dowry is basically saying the woman is worthless.

So when we see women being victimized on tv, and by this I mean the constant martyr gives people the notion that women can bear anything and hey keep it coming...this already demeans women as is and it doesn't take much from there..lets be honest.

As far as home is concerned, it will take another 50 to 100 hundred years in India, for a mother and father to look at their son and daughter as 'equal'. This in a country where 250,000 baby girls are killed every year.

India is too complex a society with dowry system, caste issues, misogamy , rampant corruption, mix of urban and rural society etc..happening all at once...its a job not the government can fix nor violent protests nor hanging of some point India's society will collapse...they will have to rebuild, and rethink how to live and love amongst each other.

I pray this girl gets a second chance at life.

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 6:28pm
The problem is not with the movies its with the 19th century way of living in India at the moment. Men and women should have equal rights and not just by law but also in the brain and its high Time someone acts with leadership this time not corruption, some political traditionalists also need to grow up and not just get on the bandwagon for there party publicity. Ultimately they should accept responsibility and Only then will society be a free place.

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 4:30pm
Koi kitna bhi ignore karnay ki koshish karay but movies are directly n indirectly responsible for these incidents to some extent n instead of defending its hi time they shud realize this n bela said k she hasnot scene such a scene in any movie so movies cant be blamed but some1 plz tell her that rape is rape this statment of urs cannot justify ur pov

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 12:20pm
I cannot agree more with Mystery!!!!!

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 12:20pm



Just a after thought, Does anyone know how many of politicians daughters that have been raped???

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 7:34am
I feel everything contributes but blaming it all on the girl or all on bollywood is wrong.

Families shuld take responsibility of teaching their sons that a woman is not a thing of pleasure. movies can get rid of 'item' numbers. gals are not 'items'.

I remember years back there were protests over the song 'tu cheez badi hai mast' coz ppl felt women are not things! then again over 'choli k peeche', now it's all accepted!

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 1:59am
Seriously? First it's girls themselves who are to be blamed. And now Bollywood is to be blamed for rapes? When will everyone understand that if anyone's to be blamed, it's those disgusting animals who do such a cowardly thing. There isn't going to be any strict punishment unless everyone realizes that ONLY they are to be fully blamed. Not the girl (who can be wearing anything, it still doesn't give any man the right to assault her), and not Bollywood. Bollywood has also made Ra-One, yet I don't see anyone becoming G.One.

I agree with Nisha. Here in the U.S., I've seen girls even wearing hijabs on my campus, and no one ever bothers them. No one even stares at them, not as much as a second look, and no one passes comments. Same goes for girls wearing shorts, skirts, dresses whatever. There's a certain level of respect. Yes, some guys hit on you, but it's mostly to indicate that they like you. However, if you don't show any interest, they back off. Unlike the way guys pass comments at girls over there as if they are not humans, but just mere objects that they can make fun of.

Yes, it is true that parents have to instill the proper values in their kids, but even more than that, I think there are flaws in the society and its standard of acceptable behavior. It's the ignorance that's part of the cause of the brutal rapes. If guys pass comments on girls, girls are asked to just ignore them. That is the problem. Some jerks begin to think that if they can get away with that, they can get away with anything else they do to a girl. And the police not taking the entire matter seriously is the other thing. Here in the U.S., you can file charges for sexual harassment and those are considered critical, even if it's verbal harassment only. Plus, it goes on your record and pretty much ruins your chances of getting a good job. There's a system. That's what's needed to make such heinous crimes stop or at least to reduce the rate.

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 1:00am
i totally disagree... bollywood is NOT to be blamed... soch mei honi chahiye... and if ppl say we get to see item songs and intimate moments which can effect then i say its all SHIT... hollywood is way far away from bollywood sex is shown there still rape's in such countries are very less ... then y in our country??? its just the dirty mind of ppl not the movies... and i wanna give an example ... lets take the movie DIRTY PICTURE... I have seen many watching it for that kind of entertainment... I saw very less ppl who said the girl went through many thing...everyone just says its a sexy movie...are u serious??? u saw the movie and liked it just because its sexy...this is what the kind of mentality ppl have here... and i would say the main problem for rapes in our country is the way we consider SEX in our culture

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Posted on: 25 December 2012 at 12:14am
I do blame hindi movies for such outrageous crimes to certain extent...As hindi movies always highlight the suffering of the girls after rape which highlights the power of men over women...It doesnt seem to highlight the harsh punishments which may be given to criminals nor does it highlight that the type of humiliation that the criminals families will have to face after being jailed for the crimes...If movies really wanna show such scenes, they should show the punishment as a major part of it rather than highlighting the girl's majboori and her suffering after the rapes...There is not a single indian movie where the full fledged punishments have been shown for such crimes...Also, hindi filmmakers should realize that majority of the audience who is viewing this already have the mentality that women should be suppressed, she should be kept in showing only a women's suffering on television or on movies by man, is outrageous...yes I do blame hindi film and television for such crimes and for not highlighting the punishment but, focusing on suffering of the women

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Posted on: 24 December 2012 at 5:42pm
Bollywood is to blame to a certain extent...If not directly then indirectly...

I also agree with Yuvika_15...

The comparisons to Hollywood shouldn't be made..It's a completely different society from India and even they have their issues...

Many facctors affect why people commit such crime...Or any crime for that matter...Society, media and the law need to work together to get to the root of the matter...

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