Don’t Blame Films For Rapes, Says Director Bela Sehgal

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Do explicit movie scenes and doublemeaning  songs and dialogues incite sexual violence? Many think so. But most directors in the Hindi film industry don’t agree. Director of “The Dirty Picture” Milan Luthria feels that it is not correct to blame films for such rape and related  crimes.
“I think it is unfair to make such an allegation about movies and songs. I take great offence. We need to look at our society and culture and how we live. Let’s focus on real issues,” Luthria told IANS. Giving a woman’s perspective, ” Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi” director Bela Sehgal feels it is important to inculcate  a feeling of respect for women in  boys from a young age. “How can you rape a woman when it is a woman who gives birth to you,” she saidz Even though Sehgal feels that movies are a reflection of the society, they can’t be blamed for brutal sexual crime. “Films are a reflection of how our society is. But I have not seen such a gruesome rape in any film. It is very shocking, but I don’t think films can be blamed,” she said. Of course, violence and murders shown on the screen give ideas to people. Those who raped the 23- year-old in Delhi were psychopaths, she said. Psychologist Neha Patel agrees with the general perception that television and films do influence people. She  feels that a vivid display of the consequences of rape can help in reducing such crime. “We have seen  how ads send out subtle messages. When films show
rape scenes, they often focus on the suffering of the girl instead of showing the consequences borne by the man,” she said. “If this is shown, it might inculcate a feeling of fear in men… a visual depiction of consequences is very important.” With item numbers becoming a must in every film, “Goal” director Vivek Agnihotri feels that songs with sexual innuendos do effect the psyche of people.  “More than rape scenes it’s the subliminal messages which affect the psyche. These come from perverted songs, dances, gestures, dialogues which are meant to titillate the audience,” Agnihotri told IANS. “Very often I find our movies crossing that line.Why just movies? Even in school functions and birthday parties 10-year-olds dance with vulgar movements on vulgar lyrics.”

Do explicit movie scenes and doublemeaningsongs and dialogues incite sexualviolence? Many think so. But mostdirectors in theHindi film industrydon’t agree.Director of”The Dirty Picture”Milan Luthria feelsthat it is not correctto blame films forsuch rape and relatedcrimes.”I think it isunfair to make suchan allegation aboutmovies and songs. I take great offence.We need to look at our society and cultureand how we live. Let’s focus on realissues,” Luthria told IANS.Giving a woman’s perspective, “Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi” directorBela Sehgal feels it is important to inculcatea feeling of respect for women inboys from a young age.”How can you rape a woman when itis a woman who gives birth to you,” shesaidz Even though Sehgal feels thatmovies are a reflection of the society,they can’t be blamed for brutal sexualcrime. “Films are a reflection of how oursociety is. But I have not seen such agruesome rape in any film. It is veryshocking, but I don’t think films can beblamed,” she said. Of course, violenceand murders shown on the screen giveideas to people. Those who raped the 23-year-old in Delhi were psychopaths, shesaid. Psychologist Neha Patel agrees withthe general perceptionthat televisionand films do influencepeople. Shefeels that a vivid displayof the consequencesof rape canhelp in reducing suchcrime.”We have seenhow ads send outsubtle messages.When films showrape scenes, they often focus on the sufferingof the girl instead of showing theconsequences borne by the man,” shesaid. “If this is shown, it might inculcatea feeling of fear in men… a visual depictionof consequences is very important.”With item numbers becoming a mustin every film, “Goal” director VivekAgnihotri feels that songs with sexualinnuendos do effect the psyche of people.”More than rape scenes it’s the subliminalmessages which affect the psyche.These come from perverted songs,dances, gestures, dialogues which aremeant to titillate the audience,” Agnihotritold IANS. “Very often I find our moviescrossing that line.Why just movies? Evenin school functions and birthday parties10-year-olds dance with vulgar movementson vulgar lyrics.”