Over the past few days, there has been much talk about the video that someone uploaded voicing her opinion about two issues: objectification of women and the general lack of respect and courtesy for people, in the Telugu film industry. She also quoted a bunch of examples from the movies and programs that she opined were offensive. Here’s my two cents about it.
The speaker has commented about the poor quality of Telugu programs and lack of original thought in them. She also commented about the kind of nonsense that the audience finds entertaining. Both of which are extremely valid and I believe a lot of people agree with. It is unfortunate and some times appalling even, that uncomfortable remarks made in movies, in audio release functions and TV programs in general, are considered humorous and some actors and directors do over do it. Her effort in urging filmmakers and audience to be a little more sensible, to tone down on the salacious aspects and to focus on quality is laudable. She did her part. After all, cinema is a very effective medium.
Having said that, I wish she had stuck just to those aspects. What she did however, was to attack actors, directors and very specific aspects of certain movies. She raised the issue about the concept of constant abuse and that being construed as comedy. She said that when an actor slaps/ abuses other actors, it is abominable considering the impact it creates on impressionable people. This I think is a bit of a stretch. As far as I recall, the Pavan Kalyan’s movie being quoted was about an extremely rich and arrogant-by-nature boy. I would love for the speaker and all her supporters to notice how out of context that comment was. The actors were perfectly happy slapping and being slapped and everyone got theirs because the movie made money. And as for the message being sent across, I think we can negate that with Nani’s Pilla Jamindar movie where rich boy abuses old man servant and then realizes his mistake. I am sorry if this explanation sounds absurd but so was the accusation. If kids watch these scenes and think that they can abuse their elders, then I think the responsible party in that scenario would be parents not movies.
Another comment was about Mahesh Babu calling Samantha dark. Now this is just nit picking. Umm.. aren’t we still talking about India? I agree that discriminating on color is intolerable. What about all those Ponds Fairness creams that almost every single average woman buys? What about all those matrimonial ads that start with “…wanted a fair girl”. The concept was not started by this movie or movies in general nor does using it in passing in any way imply that they are encouraging it.
And the anecdote about the crazy lover boy pulling an awful stunt like that being a direct result of portrayal of a seemingly similar scene in a movie is unfair. What threw me off completely was the comment about the romance between the lead actors in the movie Bahubali was definitely, absolutely, and undoubtedly an insult to women and that it was just sad if you couldn’t spot that. Speaking for the sad lot, I have to ask. I am sorry, but how do you get to degradation of women from an admittedly badly shown romance? That romance wasn’t even the central plot of the film. In the same movie, Ramya Krishna was the Godmother and Anushka was treated like dirt and Tamanna, well, just flaunted beauty. I think this portrayal has got to do with this trivial thing called script. The tattooing from Sye in 2000(god knows when) to Bahubali in 2015 does not indicate that women are being objectified. And you cannot draw that conclusion of this ritual happening over a decade’s span. Things more unpleasant than Prabhas undressing and re dressing Tamanna have hit the silver screen. “Do not make a mountain out of a molehill” is all I have got to say.
In summary, it looks like her attempt has garnered more hostility than it deserved. She did make some extremely valid points but I wish she did that without accusing or berating with passion, very specific people and movies because most of us have completely ignored the point she was trying to make and focused on how she got there instead.
And whilst the debate goes on, movie lovers are saying, “excuse us, we don’t care. We are being entertained”!
– This article was written by Ramya Valiveti, one of the readers of StoryGAG
Another Response by a YouTuber:
For the people who are too lazy to read the letter, here is a video by an Youtuber named Kunaal on the same issue. But the video is in telugu though!
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