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Jha bats for gender equality in film industry
February 12, 2018
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PANAJI: At a time when whispers of sexual harassment in Hollywood have turned into thunderous protests under the #metoo banner, noted film maker Prakash Jha has come forward to bat for gender equality in Indian film industry. Speaking at the “Difficult Dialogues” here, Jha lamented the low number of women in Bollywood and dubbed it “the tragedy of our times.”

The session titled “Portrayal of Gender in Cinema” was one of the highlights of the the two-day long annual conference that, in its third edition, seeks to throw light on the theme “Gender Equality: For Everyone’s Benefit?”

Setting the record straight, founding director and CEO of Difficult Dialogues, Surina Narula, also the moderator for the first session, reflected on the fact that films have played a crucial role in all of our lives and, therefore, it becomes acecrucial to examine them.”

Jha, the only male on the panel, was interrupted by Narula, who questioned his depiction of Katrina Kaif in Rajneeti.

Notably, Kaif comes across as a submissive woman in the film and ends up following the stereotypical moorings that her family demands.

“It is difficult to analyse every character because they are reflective of your studies and observations. So they may not be all powerful women simply because we do not have many powerful women in the society. What I want to say is the way we see women in real life gets reflected in the cinema that we make,” Jha responded.

He then went on to cite “four-gazes” that plague the film industry. Referring to the combination as “male gazes,” Jha said that the portrayal of the ideal woman in cinema is from the “male perspective.”

Indo-Asian News Service

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