“Women portrayal problematic in cinemas and papers”: Aamir Khan

NEW DELHI: Eminent stars Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone were the highlights of the day at the final session for the first day at the 12th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.


However, Khan decided to do some plain speak at the session moderated by renowned director Karan Johar when he expressed his disappointment over the trend of buying editorial spaces to garner positive reviews for upcoming movies. He said that it would be better if the fraternity channelized its energies in making good films.


The talk touched on several sensitive issues that emerged in the film fraternity in the current times including buying of editorial spaces and the rat race for soaring box office collections.


Khan said he loved movies like Pyaasa and Mughal-e-Azam, the box-office collections of which remain unknown to the world.


The session also touched upon more grave issues like the portrayal of women in Indian cinema.  Padukone with reference to her latest controversial posters said “it cannot be denied that men too are objectified in Indian cinema.” Khan said women portrayal are problematic in cinemas and papers.


The actors also agreed that the audience has matured over time and it becomes important to cater to the evolving taste of the audience. They also touched upon the blurring lines between the mainstream and parallel cinema.


Khan welcomed the competition in the industry. The veteran actor said that stiff competition would only help the industry rather than pulling it down. He said that the idea to reshape Indian cinema would require making movies which would infuse grace into the social fabric of the society.


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