We live in the 21st century. Right? In this era, women are breaking all the stereotypes to walk equal to men. They have been vocal in sharing their physical and sexual harassment boldly in public and #Metoo campaign is an example of it. But, for speaking their mind against the crime Bollywood actress Richa Chadha was questioned for why she never takes names and when actress Kangana Ranaut spoke she was called ‘crazy’ by few people.
Yet another similar incident has come to light. The South Indian actress, Parvathy recently at the International Film Festival of Kerala shared her views on the dialogues of Malayalam actor Mammootty’s film Kasaba as she found it to be sexist and misogynist.
“I, unfortunately, watched Kasaba. With all due respects to the technicians who worked in the film. I was definitely disappointed to watch an actor (Mammootty) par excellence, happen to say dialogues to a woman in a scene which was not only derogatory but most saddening.” This is what ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle‘ actress Parvathy who starred opposite Irfan Khan said.
"You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard ’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin’ in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise." -Maya Angelou
“I will f**k you (his woman superior) so hard that you’d find it extremely difficult to walk. I will hurt you so badly that your menstrual cycle would go for a toss.” This is the dialogue which she is referring and it is translated by The Indian Express.
Just for putting forward her opinion, the award-winning actor of films like Take Off, Mariyaan and Bangalore Days she became a victim of cyber-bullying. On social media platforms, she faced trolling, abusing and even rape and death threats.
its not mammooty spitting those lines its the character …its not mandatory for art to reform society
— jose thomas (@edathuajose) December 13, 2017
Bayangara over aanu ipo….
Nalla role cheyth povunnathalle…
Nthina verthe verupikkinnu…😠
— AJMAL (@Im_ajmal_aju) December 12, 2017
We Hav Seen u in Smoking and Other Vulgar Scenes,
So, Dnt b Stupid to Teach a Legend,
U don't Worth for it,
Be on ur limits😊
— MAMMOOTTY TRENDS (@MammoottyTrends) December 12, 2017
Given films are just a minor element which could influence our decision making and our relationship with the society, isn't it better if the filter is within us, the audience, rather than a movie writer's pen?
— Balu Raj 🍿 (@PorottaSambar) December 12, 2017
Like a Pro she single handily handled the trolls~
Vanamala vannallo!!! #trolls
Welcome welcome- please kindly take my words out of context, remind me that I'm "just a actress" and curse at me. Here's to your sensitive chauvinistic blind hearts! 🌵Yours- that annoying feminist. pic.twitter.com/HSUMjHXIKg
— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) December 12, 2017
Few of the people supported her too~
@parvatweets well done with the police complaint. High time the harassers are unmasked. A group of Tamil tweeters did the same – threaten I ll go out of work some years ago and launched a campaign that I said ‘fishermen can die coz they are meat eaters’.
— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) December 26, 2017
I haven't see the film but i strongly support @paro_nair's right to express her views on misogyny on our cinema screens without being subjected to rape&death threats. I call on senior male actors in the Malayalam film industry to stand by her &start a public debate on the issue. https://t.co/J0W6avZSwm
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 27, 2017
The 29-year-old filed a police complaint against all the online trolls. The cops were quick in taking action and arrested one person for cyberbullying.
“This is now much bigger than me. It’s not about me only. It’s about how women are treated when they respectfully put forward a different opinion. We’ve been silenced for years. I have been in this industry for eleven years and I must thank the fans for their support,” this is what she said in a conversation with NDTV.