Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been in the news lately. First for his latest video on women #Unblushed and then his recent release Pink. It’s all about women. His recent stints have become important for feminism in India.
You must have seen Amitabh Bachchan in all leading news channels in India lately. It is all because of his recent stance on women of India and how they are judged. His video titled #Unblushed comes at the same time as his new release Pink which also happens to be a film about women.
#Unblushed is a video which voices every challenge, every compromise, every discrimination a modern Indian women has to face. The video gives us snippets of everyday statements that a modern Indian woman has to live with. The video also named #AbSamjhuataNahin also shows the effect of certain compromises that a woman has on her choices and her decisions. The video tackles gender stereotyping, body shaming, moral policing, everything.
But isn't it a hard hitting reality of India? Women do not speak up. Seldom do they raise their voice. And if they do, they are judged. Big B first voices society's thoughts and then urges women to use their voice and speak up against discrimination.
Headlines read "Amitabh Bachchan's Unblushed video gives voice to Indian women's silence". The question here is does it really give voice to women in India. Does his message really reach the women who live in remote villages? Does it really reach the women who don't have enough protection? Does it really reach women who are always in the fear of getting raped?
Moving on to Big B's film Pink which has become the talk of the town lately is on the same lines as the video and tackles similar issues. The movie is a scathing indictment on our rising tendency to assume and cast attacks on women who dare, who dream and who question.
"No is not a word but an entire sentence. It doesn't matter if the girl is your girlfriend, a sex worker, or even your wife, no means no." This one dialogue says it all. The film simply underlines a woman's freedom to her body and sexuality. As an article is Firspost stated, Pink addresses society's unmistakable double standards; male privilege, slut shaming and misogyny women across the country are faced with on a daily basis.
Pink is a reflection of a woman's daily life, how she lives and what she faces in her day-to-day life. It look such a long time for Bollywood to make a movie which says it loud and clear, without beating about the bush, it shows us a great deal about the country we live in. Senior Bachchan's film translates all of these challenges.
Not only in reel but in real life as well, Amitabh Bachchan shreds light on the challenges a woman has to face in life. He wrote an open letter to his grand-daughters Aaradhya and Navya Naveli where he spoke about issues ranging from gender issues to marrying for love, from making your own identity to listening to your heart.
In his letter, he made it clear that it is not just the faceless that women are at risk from, but also people they know, even friends and family at times. He tells both his grand-daughters to "make your choices in the light of your own wisdom" and "never worry about log kya kahenge."
So what really makes the letter pertinent for every young girl out there? It is the wisdom. Senior Bachchan accepts that for them there is a "privilege your surname offers" but he also says that, that will not protect Navya and Aaradhya "from the difficulties you will face because you are a woman."
Big B goes on to tell his the two girls not to bog down and not let others dictate their lives for them. They should chose who they want to marry because in the end, their decisions will decide what they face in life.
So, to end this debate of women's safety in India, we must say that Amitabh Bachchan's word are wise and are real but to implement them is a big task. After all, this is India, where women are scared. They are scared of speaking up, they are scared of going out after 10 pm, they are not an individual. The way Bachchan has tried to reflect the issues are phenomenal. Only thing left is to act. And we must act now!
Watch Amitabh Bachchan's Unblushed video here: