Karan Johar, one of the top filmmakers of contemporary cinema, has apologised for objectification of women in Bollywood and has apologised for the numerous item numbers he’s had in his movies. While stating that movies deeply impact our society, Karan Johar confessed to the objectification of women and even went on to criticise the film industry for doing so. In an interview with She The people, Karan opens up about normalizing stalking and gender-stereotyping through movies.
Chikni Chameli from Agneepath, Mera Naam Mary Hai from Brothers and Shut Up and Bounce from Dostana are some of the items numbers from his movies. Karan said, “The moment you put a woman in the center and a thousand men looking at her lustingly, it’s setting the wrong example. As a filmmaker, I have made those mistakes and I will never do it again.” The director said that the film industry’s and small screen’s objectification of women is not acceptable and that item numbers should be completely done away with.
He also touched upon the topic of gender-stereotyping and how it is responsible for setting a ‘template’. “Films set the fabric of our times. They can be immensely impressionable. When you show a man chasing a woman, it seems like it is all so passionate about love but it could amount to stalking. When you show a man being abusive to a woman you think he is being angry but no, he is being wrong. Things you show on celluloid sometimes set a template. So we as film makers need to be very responsible. Sometimes you don’t realise the things you write or project but you don’t know that they will actually impact society.”
Asked if he identifies himself as a feminist he called himself a ‘total feminist’. He expressed gratitude towards his mother and aunts and their progressiveness. “For feminism is beyond what we know it is. It’s hard for one word to encapsulate the power of a woman. Having the been raised by a wonderful and progressive woman, my mom and even my aunts – I think progressiveness was in my DNA. To me it’s my instinct to be a feminist… to have a progressive stance on what woman can achieve in the world. I am a total feminist,” he said.
Karan words come as a huge surprise as the director is one of the biggest names in the Indian film industry guilty of casting women in particular roles. Johar is the patriarch of Dharma, one of the biggest, most powerful production houses in Indian cinema today.Read More