Let's shut Ajanta-Ellora, ban Kamasutra: Priyanka on crime

If art provocates crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-Ellora and Vatsayana's "Kamasutra" must be banned, says Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who believes cinema is an "art" too and it should not be blamed for the risi

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If art provocates crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-Ellora and Vatsayana's "Kamasutra" must be banned, says Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who believes cinema is an "art" too and it should not be blamed for the rising crimes against women in the nation.

"I feel people are becoming less tolerant and more judgemental. Hindi films are meant for entertainment...If people think songs and films are causing an increase in rapes, why not first shut Ajanta-Ellora? We are a land of the 'Kamasutra'...let's ban books," said Priyanka.

"Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art... We have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the 'A' certificate, why let children go for it? There's lawlessness here. I feel a filmmaker should just make what he wants to," Priyanka said at the Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here Thursday.

The portrayal of women in Hindi cinema and the viability of item songs is always questioned. She received an applause for speaking her mind out on the issue brought up everytime that a rape case comes up.

But Priyanka, who backs girl child empwerment via diffferent campaigns, says violation against women will only reduce when "laws will be implemented".

"We have strict laws now, but there's no implementation. There's fearlessness," said the actress, who has grooved to item songs like "Babli badmaash" and "Ram chahe leela".

"Film industry is for entertainment, like music and books. If they are fiction, they are fiction, they should not be taken so seriously. Any form of art must not be made responsible to change society. Films can't change the society, the government leads society and government has to implement laws to bring change," added the former beauty queen.


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  • Posted on: 06 December 2013 at 4:16pmCshafkat

    The reason why rape cases are so high in India is because the woman that's facing it is trying to prevent having sex with the man while in the western countries (Canada, USA, UK), the women don't try to prevent it. Even if the women in the western countries have a husband and kids, they will still allow another man to have sex with them. This is the reason why the western countries don't have much rape cases despite having adult scenes in each and every single Hollywood movie. The western countries are free sex countries which means that they can have sex whenever they want with whoever they want but in India they cannot do it. This is the difference between India and the western countries. One thing that's very high in the western countries is the number of patients suffering from aids and the number of single mothers (that too unmarried because after having sex, both the man and the woman forget about each other). In the west, they have sex before marriage which is a huge sin in Indian culture as well as the religions followed by the people. The bottom line is that women in western countries have absolutely no shame or self respect. I know this because I'm an Indian man living in Canada. Priyanka is a bitch. She's the biggest hypocrite ever. People like her make women look bad in front of the world. She should be ashamed of herself for comparing cheap item songs with ancient art.

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  • Posted on: 06 December 2013 at 9:57amlucky17

    I agree with her. People would rather go and quietly read books, look at cheap magazines and admire art but not allow something moving and worse if that moving object is Woman!! It is a crime to be born woman and it is Men's world so go and blame WOmen for everything that happens against them

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  • Posted on: 06 December 2013 at 3:44amsnehalS

    how artistic it is to wear weird clothes...which are made for CHEAP EXPOSING...and doing even more CHEAP dance moves ...get a life...you are not an artist...Anjanta Ellora, Kaamsutra..and you are just not comparable

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  • Posted on: 06 December 2013 at 12:02amRamanIshita

    Priyanka and Mallika can't help change the hypocrisy in India because majority of women in India think regressively too. They don't want help, they are their own enemies. As seen clearly in most of the comments below mine. *Shake my head*

    Like you idiots, if showbiz triggered human behaviour, then considering how many adult scenes there are in Hollywood movies, America, Canada and UK should be number one in rapes and crimes against women. That is NOT the case.

    Creepy dirty indian men need to stop blaming the media and take responsibility for their actions.


    No wonder India will never qualify as a first-world country.

    Edited on:05 December 2013 at 11:57pm

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 10:14pmBeautyForAshes

    U are Awesome !! its great to see people speak their minds out !!! if people are looking for social message in a film then they shud prefer watching only those films that comes with a tag of conveying a social message ..otherwise it is purely entertainment ..we cant always blame on other things like movies for rapes..coz its in those dirty minds who take that route ..not all who are watching an item song gets dirty !!

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 8:44pmpallavi25

    Priyanka has left her brains behind! How can she compare historical Art and literature to cheap songs in movies? Those item songs objectify women's bodies! She would understand if she had to walk on the road like a common girl and hear dirty guys singing those lewd songs to heckle her!

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 7:52pmbunnylovessunny

    What idiocy! I agree with most statements made below mine. We don't read Kamasutra everyday and nor do we visit Ajanta and Ellora caves every now and then. BUT, we do watch films and are exposed to the latest form of 'art' that involves women being objectified, de-clothed or as item girls who have no rightful place in the film whatsoever! Yes, film making IS art but before being labelled as an art form, like she said, it's entertainment and entertainment IS contagious! I say Priyanka, your's is just trash talk. Go and relive your Miss World days where you've left your brain to hog on stupidity!

    Edited on:05 December 2013 at 7:47pm

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 7:12pmguddididi

    oh Goshhh...priyanka...my dear grow up...oh its too late ...YOU ARE SUCH A DUMB COLD BEAUTY...WITH LITTLE BRAINS...AFTER ALL A CHEAP ITEM GIRL LIKE YOU CAN HAVE WHAT Iq LEVEL AND SENSE...ATLEAST NEXT TIME SHUT UP THAT FILTH..WE CANT TAKE IT DARLING ...CHEAP

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 5:34pmkavyasam

    Item songs with obscene moves and degrading lyrics are different from Vatsayana's and Ajanta Ellora's depiction of mating.

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  • Posted on: 05 December 2013 at 5:22pmkavmuks

    Ajanta is indeed classic and it clearly depicts that beauty of lovemaking between man and women is in mutual consent and not in force.. but people have to take correctly.. rather i would say women in films should say NO to silly raunchy numbers where they are depicted as ITEMS .. that will help a bit.. i think being liked by so many people they have that responsibility ... Favicol and Ghagras songs have no art or creativity

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