My friend called me for a malayalam movie. I said , I am on a fast against Malayalam movies for the next six months. That is my style of protest against what’s happening in that industry, an industry that has given us some fine movies and great artistes from all disciplines, part of an entertainment of our life. The noise of the din is high enough to keep me away from following the truths, untruths and the daily updates. The law should take its own course and justice prevail.
I believe a celebrity has been harassed, it has to be true, it is not possible for some one to stand up and lie to the world, on such matters. It is regretful , she had to undergo a personal tragedy, an inflicted one, at the same time, her response to stand up and fight, makes her a role model to show the way to thousands and thousands of unfortunate victims of similar situations, across the globe. It is wrong and wrong and wrong. The cultural conditioning and the dominant bias of the society (males, mothers and aunts included) has made the female to react as victims. Once you decide you are a victim, you cannot fight. You can resist an assault against the wolves, a rape may be inevitable but the fight is not over. Change the mindset, that if some one forces their way into you, its end of the world or life. It is not, think of it as an injury in a fight and hit back. You may not be able to hit back physically, there are many other ways. Try to change your emotion from fear to anger. Easier said than done, however try it, hope no body encounters such situations. They are sick guys and they need “third degree” treatment..
The lions who roars under the cover of media and social media in anger, sympathy and ridicule, the wise after the event, may be the first one to scoot from a real life situation, however today they make the authorities to act. Most of us grow up and gets conditioned to be in flight mode than fight. Unless it is your sister, mother or love under attack (hmmm, not sure of the percentage here), not many will fight for strangers and that is inhuman.
These are crimes we cannot eradicate, even by capital punishment. A criminal mind gets blinded of its consequences of it’s action and goes ahead with his plans, at times unplanned. This type of crime happens due to sexual desire or EGO’s desire for revenge and attack. The superior attitude of guys is part of the virtual structure of the society. The work to change this attitude has to start right from the first day of learning in life. Respect for human beings, sex (when they become conscious of it) is not a tool to attack or destroy someone, to act courageously in every field of life and other values can be a daily mantra of every one’s life, not just a one time lecture, an everyday ritual for mind cleansing like having a bath. This suggestion, an ancient wisdom (in form of prayer) may sound stupid to many, any other way, you know ?
Staying away from films to show your protest until the murkiness is cleared is a good way to teach the stars that it is you who made them. The tragedy of this style of protest is, it may not affect the rich and the famous though we cannot bracket all of them with the criminals, the poor support staff making a living and their families may suffer.
I stand a chance of being boycotted by my film crazy relatives for taking this step of protest because film going is an addiction for many.