At International Women’s Day, Actress-activist Shabana Azmi raised some valid concerns about the effect, item songs are having on our generation. Shabana believes the projection of women’s sensuality in Bollywood needs to change as there is a thin line between sensual and vulgar.
Azmi cited the example of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s item number, “Fevicol Se” from ‘Dabangg 2’.
Shabana Azmi reportedly said, “I have reservations against item numbers. That’s because I think if a top most heroine is singing I am tandoori murgi, swallow me down with alcohol, it’s not a laughing matter. It’s a serious issue. One person wrote the song, a few more got it made, but it was watched by crores of people. They also saw their six-year old kids singing and dancing on it. Don’t you have a responsibility? It’s not fun.”
Azmi, who has brought to life many path-breaking characters, has serious objection to the way actresses are captured in item numbers. However, she did mention that not only movies but people getting entertained from them are also responsible for the way they perceive what is shown on-screen.
The actress said that such special tracks are not the way to celebrate sensuality of a woman. It is more of commodification and surrender to male gaze.
Shabana Azmi who made her debut in 1974 with Shyam Benegal’s ‘Ankur’, has won many lndian and international laurels for her contribution to the Indian Cinema.
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