–––Still from Kick and Hum.
Jumma Chumma De:
Dec 2012: The avalanche of protest and comment on why we treat women so badly had flooded in New Delhi from all over the nation due to ghastly assault and rape of a young paramedic in a bus in Delhi. Now, a Documentary, in which Nirbhaya’s Rapist Mukesh Singh has been interviewed by BBC, making the tragedy haunt us again. Remorselessly, Mukesh blamed Victim in terms of provoking them to be raped. He literally told that decent girls don’t hang out after dusk. Thats make the situation worst, and ban has been slapped on documentary.
Print and electronic media dig out almost all possible causes. Intellectuals, psychologists, sociologist, politicians, lawmakers, came out with their equations. But a major cause, the film industry, has hardly been mentioned.
It has fostered thoroughly retro grade male attitude that are at least partly responsible. I see the commodification of women in bollywood’s item numbers, sex-laden dances by Mallika Sherawat, Isha Koppikar and others. I would also highlight the popularity of love-making, smootching scenes to titillate audiences. Emran Hashmi is popular among masses as ‘serial kisser.’ A barechest, topless Salman Khan is liked.
Yet item songs and so called hot scenes are not the main problem. Afterall, item girls or serial kissers are not role models. Nobody takes Emran or Salman seriously.
What’s truely terrible is the manner in which film heroes have decades pestered, stalking and forced their unwanted attentions on heroines in a thousand films, yet ended up getting the girl.
That sends the most outrageous of all messages to the public; pestering girls is what heroes do, and a girl’s “no” actually means “yes.”
Hit film songs that glorify harassment and stalking have compounded the problem.
These are perpetuated in memory and social attitudes through repeated humming of the songs and viewing of video clips.
Amitabh Bachchan strode the bollywood scene like a colossus. His biggest contribution of female degradation was in the film ‘Hum’.
In this, he and a gang of may be 300 leering males demand a kiss from actress Kimi Katkar -the hit song “Jumma chumma de de.” Kimi sings back that she will not give a kiss. The male leeners insist on a kiss and douse her with a hosepipe.
Ultimately, after several refusals, the song ends with Bachchan finally getting his kiss. He emerges grinning from the melee with lipstick marks smeared across his face. There could hardly be a more graphic message: if only you harass a woman enough, no matter how often she says no, she will ultimatly say yes. Here lies my theory.
The greatest Hindi film of all time was probably Sholay. This had Dharmendra giving his version of how to win a girl. He jumps on the Tonga of Basanti (Hema Malini), serenading her and grabbing her from behind. Malini fights him, knocking him off the tonga. But he doesn’t give up, climbs aboard again and continues with his musical harassment.
The song goes,”Koi hasina jab rooth jaati hai to aur bhi hasin ho jaati hai”.
Did you remember Dev Anand, singing ‘Pal Bhar Ke Liye’, harassing Hema like a peeping Tom, poking his head through infinite no. of windows, while she kept closing one by one.
Do Veeru and Dev Saab land into jail for this behaviour? Hell No! In both cases, Hema falls into the arms of stalkers. Great are the rewards of harrassment.
Star’s bad boy taboo leads the filmmakers to produce ‘Dabbang’ kind of film as they know that the ‘Bad Boy’ has fan following of entire toiletry audioances. Mukesh Singh belongs to this toilet Circuitry whose mental development is limited to toilet.
My wife has taste of good hindi movies. She points out a sequence in a today’s flick Rockstar, in which Ranbir Kapoor forces his attentions on a girl, who initially resists but then asks him to take her to a raunchy movie!
There are films in which romantic wooing has been replaced by a kind of harassment of heroine. The heroes of these films could be considered stalkers in some societies. Now imagine that this actor is a role model to millions wouldn’t his fans think this behaviour is okay. Films has already preset the mindset of millions people. And, what message does it send to women across the country?
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