The viral video, published by a Coimbatore-based portal, shows how a culture of sexism has become pervasive in Indian movies
Three female top cops in Tamil Nadu have made an urgent and earnest plea to the Indian film industry: stop glorifying sexism and misogyny.
In a seven minute video that has gone viral, R V Ramyabharathi, Superintendent of Police Coimbatore, S Lakshmi, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Coimbatore City, and Disha Mittal, DCP, Tirupur City, speak about how women are portrayed in cinema and the subsequent objectification of women.
They argue that this glorification of violence against women has inadvertently led to the rise of violence against women in the real world. In the video, S Lakshmi notes that in spite of the fact that Indian culture has historically celebrated women, today, for the most part, women are objectified.
R V Ramyabharathi, says, “This topic is particularly very relevant in today’s context because film lyrics and dialogues have a devastating impact on the young minds of people today….Movie dialogues and lyrics, be it positive or negative, they mould the thoughts, the perceptions and the attitudes of youngsters particularly.” She then goes on to elaborate that on an average cops end up fielding close to a dozen complaints in a day from women who
The powerful video, published by a Coimbatore-based portal called Covai-Post, starts with snippets of actual songs and scenes from Tamil films that prove just how pervasive the sexist culture in movies has become.
Three women IPS officers appeal to the film fraternity to be more responsible to society. Cinema leaves an everlasting impression in the minds of youth. SO RESPECT WOMEN, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT, they say.. Watch this space…
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Posted by Covai Post on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
This isn’t the first time Indian films have come under the scanner for promoting violence against women. A few months earlier, popular South Indian actor Prithviraj publicly acknowledged that films do end up promoting harmful stereotypes about women and promised to refrain from acting in films that are sexist in future.