Puncturing the sexist gaze: Tamannaah against Director Suraaj

It’s ironical that we are provided with education and still have stereotypes in mind. There is something that we inherit and some people  refuse to reject it with changing times. This is what has caused Kaththi Sandai director Suraaj remark that the outfits of his heroines have shortened because female stars are good for providing glamour in the film and not acting. Bollywood carries with itself responsibility to guide masses and if this is what Bollywood wants us to see in female stars then we have actress Tamannaah Bhatia protesting against sexist gaze.

Ms. Tamannaah Bhatia posted a note against this remark claiming that she refuses to be treated as 'commodity. Suraaj has also apologised for his remark writing on twitter: "I am really sorry and would like to apologise to Ms Tamannaah and all the heroines in the film industry. My intention was not to show anyone in bad light or hurt their sentiments. I am sorry once again and take back my comments."

 

It is ironic that on one hand Bollywood is giving us movies like ‘Dangal’ which talk about women empowerment and on other hand some people are objectifying women. This angry 27 year old actress said “We are actors and we are here to act and entertain audiences and should not at any point be objectified as commodities”.

It is sad that in India stereotypes are still prevalent where a hero is expected to “fight” and heroines are expected to be in “full glamour”.

Actress Nayanthara told Sify: "How can a responsible person from film industry make such a crass and cheap comment? At a time when films like Pink and Dangal speak about women empowerment and respect to women, in which era does Suraaj belong to?”. Times may have changed but these stereotypes still haunt the minds of today and here we have women protesting for their honour.

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