Bollywood has degraded women to sex objects: Victor Banerjee
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By degrading women to mere sex objects, Bollywood is not only destroying
the country's rich heritage but also leading to more incidents of molestation and rape in urban centres, veteran actor Victor Banerjee has said.
"Bollywood is a cancer. Hindi commercial cinema has denigrated women. We owe a debt of ingratitude to Bollywood for having insidiously polluted our culture covertly," Victor Banerjee told PTI on the sidelines of the BCIM Car Rally from Kolkata to Kunming.
Joining the rally in the Imphal leg, the actor, along with the 79 other participants, were witness to many cultural programmes hosted by the state and provincial governments of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China.
Though these events were mostly scheduled in the evenings after a long and tiresome drive through challenging terrains, it invariably left the rallyists enthralled.
Be it in Jessore, Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh; Silchar and Imphal in northeast India; Ka Lay and Mandalay in Myanmar; or Ruili, Dali and Kunming in China, it is always the local culture that was showcased.
Even in Myanmar where Bollywood movies are very popular, the girls danced to hit Hindi numbers in traditional style. One could perceive the cultural bridge as one travelled forms the west to east.
Talking about today's commercial cinema on the sidelines of the event, Victor Banerjee said, "I hate to admit it but we are responsible for it having influenced our traditional conservatism and social values."
Best known for playing Dr Aziz Ahmed in David Lean's Hollywood film A Passage to India, he regretted that despite having a rich repertoire of our own, we imitate the worst.
"Hence, we end up making a hash that is neither American culture, nor Indian," the veteran actor, now in his sixties, said.
He even hit out at the parallel cinema movement in India for showing gory violence scenes which rarely happen in reality in the country.
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