We have the B-town’s highest paid actress clearing air on upfront through Facebook. Recently, post Deepika’s outrage on TOI that has gone viral, she also underlines her statements and contradictions through an open letter in Facebook that talks about women, equality, empowerment and much more.
There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says ‘YES’.
The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequality,rape,fear and pain.
I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly.
She has decided to take the stand, post her scandalous upheaval with TOI that has proved what India’s upfront truly is.
What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shahrukh’s 8-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment. In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society,we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it ‘OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!’ to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought.
What’s the point in talking about Women empowerment and equality when you employ the same tactics to objectify and make money out of them?
When an actresses inner wear decides to do a “peek-a-boo”, she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so. So instead of zooming in, circling it and pointing arrows at it,why don’t we give her some ‘respect’ and let it go instead of making it ‘headlines’!? Are we not human?Yes we marvel,envy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a film,but do we zoom in on the mans ‘crotch’ when he makes a public appearance and make that ‘cheap headlines’??!!
Though much has been said on the same topic, from reports calling this a publicity stunt to others mocking her stating that, why should she be offended when she doesn’t shy-away from doing the same things on screen?
I have no issue celebrating my body and I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character. In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (sorry Farah for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL person,and not a character being played. Sure,dissect my characters if you wish-if it is of so much interest then discuss the character’s cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect as a woman off-screen.
Also, in an attempt to soothe nerves and as a crisis-management initiative TOI tried to make it a cheeky compliment which bowled down bulls, for that led to many more such hassles and abusive comments.
It is not about breasts,penises, or any other body part being reported.It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women.
India is in dire need of an attitude shift towards women , Yeah we second the same.
For me this topic ends here.Everyone is entitled to an opinion.I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines.
Having said that, please may we show love,dignity and respect to each other.
Live well, laugh often and love much.
Go Deepika, that was one awesome tat to the TOI. Hope they give you the much-need public apology soon.
Women need to be appreciated only on request and not for the sake of objectification. And this is India’s leading Daily? Talk about IRONY.