Mumbai: Bollywood has reacted sharply to the appeal of refraining from portraying women in derogatory ways made by Aamir Khan during his famous talk show Satyamev Jayate. Leading
profit makers filmmakers of Bollywood have even initiated a petition to boycott Aamir Khan and Satyamev Jayate. Some directors are really unhappy that Aamir Khan tried to do ‘Moral Policing’ on them. Mahesh Bhatt has even condemned it by saying that under Mr. Modi ‘Idea of India’ is in danger.
However some of them are trying to consider the suggestion if it suits their profit making model. Shaitaan Khopdi™ talked to few directors and gathered their mixed reaction on the topic.
Arbaaz Khan: I reject the criticism. Our movies are always full of social messages. Look at the dialogue when lead actress says “Thappad se dar nahi lagta sahab. Pyar se lagta hai“. It is like issues of women empowerment and ‘Love-Jihad’ rolled into one. Even our item songs touch the issues of national importance such as National Unity (Fevicol) and Health (Munni – Zandu Balm).
Kanti Shah: Ace director of cult movie ‘Gunda’ says, “When I make movie from the money borrowed from underworld I cannot stick to principles. 2-4 scene to dalne hi padte hain. Aaj jo log Satyamev Jayte dekh ke senti ho rahe hain vohi log movie dekhne nahi aayenge agar usme kuch masala na ho to”.
Rohit Shetty: I sign ladies just for 1-2 scenes and few item numbers. Nobody even notices them, forget about viewing them as objects. The main hero of my movies is Mahindra Scorpio. So far no automobile manufacturer has accused me of objectifying cars. So I don’t really understand what the fuss is all about.
Karan Johar: Till now we have shown only girls in item numbers, this time I am planning to show boys doing item numbers and girls enjoying it. Why should boys have all the fun? Cute!! No?
Madhur Bhandarkar: “Nice suggestion by Aamir. I just realized that during last 10 years each of my movie had two male fashion designers in relationship. This time I will focus on females. Ek ladki aur doosri ladki sirf achi dost nahi ho sakti. I will cast Kangana and Parineeti in it. This will surely cross 200 Crores.”
Sajid Khan: “Yes we make crap movies; yes we objectify ladies in it. You have a problem?” said Sajid Khan while browsing through Rediff forums to get original idea of story and lyrics for his upcoming slap-stick comedy Crapfull.
Mahesh Bhatt: If we go by the software programming languages, everything around us can be seen as an object. That’s the basic of Object Oriented Programming. But talking about movies, what they call objectification, I see it as portraying beauty. You see beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. Some people don’t understand film making. Film making is an art. Talking about film making, one cannot skip Late Gurudutt sahab. What a genius he was. Even Raj Kapoor saab was genius, but Kamal Amrohi ji had an eye for spotting talent….
While he was going on and on, a confused Shaitaan Khopdi™ quietly left the scene.