Doing a scripted video doesn’t make you a feminist. Your twisted sense of the word has exposed your lack of understanding of the idea. But then, you hardly ever came across as someone with cerebral faculty!
Do we clearly understand what feminism means?
Feminism is a movement, Deepika. A feminist campaigns for the right of the woman, for equality and respect. It’s a responsibility that cannot be performed through fashion statements. The video is nothing but propaganda. The Bollywood actor, shamelessly, ended up reinforcing sexism standards of beauty on women, reducing a critical issue to pointless photo-shoot. There are many other actresses in the industry, who have a better understanding of feminism. The powerful Deepika Padukone images shakes the minds of people
Police asked 13 Bollywood personalities to come to court and present their points against Chhota Shakeel in the famous extortion case. Sanjay Dutt backed out, Shahrukh Khan backed out, Salman Khan backed out, Kishen Kumar backed out, Rakesh Roshan backed out, Mahesh Manjreker backed out, Kumar Mangat Pathak backed out. Preity Zinta maintained her stand and admitted that she had indeed received an extortion call from Chhota Shakeel. She was well aware of the consequences of speaking against an underworld don. But she chose to stay truthful.
Most of the actresses are ready to endorse anything, if paid handsomely. For instance, Priyanka Chopra endorsed Rajnigandha just because she was paid well for that advertisement. But Kangna Ranaut refused to endorse a fairness cream because she dislikes the glorification of fair skin. According to her, she never understood why fairness is so overrated in India. She knows that it is not only money that matters. Your stand on social issues are of greater significance.
The Dirty Picture actress, Vidya Balan, is doing her bit too. It is interesting to note that she did dirty picture on screen and off it, she is India’s sanitation brand ambassador. She says ‘nearly half of the population has no toilet at home, but more people own a mobile phone’. In the ad, she is encouraging people to build toilets in their homes and enhance hygiene.
Yet another actress, Kiron Kher, took a strong stand on the Nirbhaya Documentary in the Indian Parliament. While everyone was blaming each other, demanding ban on the video’s broadcast, Kher not only highlighted the other side of the story but also pointed out the mindset of the story. Kher said that more than the ban, the House should focus on how to work on the mindest of people. Kher said that the accused had not learnt anything in two and a half years. In fact, he says that it was the woman’s fault that she was out late at night. This statement, however, is not new to us. Many times politicians have made such insensitive comments saying that ‘it was the fault of the girl, she was out late, she was wearing provocative clothing.’ Kirron Kher’s statement represents a lot of women who feel the same but have no platform to voice their opinion. It is not the clothing that invites rapists, it is the mindset that needs to change. Whether the documentary needs to be banned or not is debatable, but what needs to be done is stricter laws need to be implemented, with fast-track courts that actually expedite the proceedings.
One would think that living in jail and being awarded death penalty would actually make the accused repent for his crime, but Singh shows no remorse, has no fear for anything.
Women like Kiran Kher, Kangana Ranaut and the likes are the real voices for change. They walk the talk, not indulge in fashion videos presented as a tool of empowerment. The Deepika Padukone video represents a warped sense of feminism. It lectures on morality without any understanding. Deepika, like many other empowered women, thrives on women’s insecurities about themselves and their bodies.
Problem with people like Deepika is they have hardly done anything to elevate women’s position in society. They talk about the prerogative of choice, but they don’t explain the burden of those choices. They talk about empowerment when they are themselves slave to consumerism. It’s just too elitist and urban.
By the way, Deepika, why do you continue to objectify women in your movies and songs while championing the cause of women? Remember the seductive pole dance you performed in Happy New Year?
Please stop pretending and leave the job of empowering women to those who can.