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An Open Letter To Sanjay Gupta
May 8, 2013 11:27:55 AM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Dear Sanjay Gupta
I just want to know what ''O Laila teri le legi, Tu likh ke le le...'' means.
Does it mean what it means what I think? Or is there a cleaner meaning which uplifts a women's modesty? I may have got it wrong here. But if it does mean what I think it means, I want to know why this double standards?
First, the industry reacts strongly after the Delhi incident last year on how item songs and vulgar lyrics have to be curbed and then you have directors resorting to cheap gimmicks like these to lure the viewers.
The song has no USP. It's cheap to the core. And the first time that 'beautiful' line is mouthed by all the characters, Sunny Leone is bending suggestively in front of John Abraham's midriff that is making the motions of a rider on a horse! So, it's not only the lyrics that are crass but also the choreography that is gross which is designed to give weight to the lyrics.
To top it, you have three item songs in your movie that take away from making any impact you are trying to make with your story. But that is another issue altogether.
So my question to you is this? Aren't you interested in being a part of the industry that wants to make a cleaner impact on society by not degrading a woman on screen? Agreed, at times there may be a creative need to portray a woman according to the plot. That is understandable and the viewers too will understand because that is a part of the story. There should be no curb on creativity. But then creativity does not necessarily mean to demean a woman and present her as an object of desire. What is your justification in resorting to a cheap act like this?
It's high time there is a 'Corrective Body' in place within the industry to view songs like these before it goes to the censors.
How the censors are lenient to this aspect beats me. Let's treat our women with a little more respect on screen. That will automatically have a ripple effect on the streets. You won't have ruffians mouthing, ''O Laila teri le legi, Tu likh ke le le...''
If we want to see a change, it's not enough giving fancy quotes to the media about what should or should not be
When you have it within your capacity: BE THAT CHANGE.
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be... )