Ha­rass­ment of women not lim­ited to cin­ema: Gulzar

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Veteran lyri­cist Gulzar has said ha­rass­ment of women hap­pens across the so­ci­ety and is not only lim­ited to cin­ema. “Di­rec­tors are com­ing out with much more bolder sub­jects which are touch­ing the re­al­ity. Cin­ema is a re­flec­tion of your so­ci­ety, what is hap­pen­ing (around). If we say ha­rass­ment of a woman or a girl is only in cin­ema (then I don’t think so). It has spread all over the so­ci­ety,” he said.

Gulzar was in con­ver­sa­tion with film critic Ra­jeev Masand at the suc­cess event of Bha­vani Iyer’s de­but novel “Anon.” “Cin­ema has spared you for not putting that mir­ror in front of you where an 8-year-old girl is gang raped. Thank God. But be­ware, cin­ema has started re­flect­ing ev­ery part of your life to­day. They are no more nar­rat­ing bed­time sto­ries,” Gulzar said.

The writer said it is wrong to look at films as some­thing which is go­ing to teach morals to the au­di­ences.

“Cin­ema is not Bi­ble writ­ing. It doesn’t teach you morals, good val­ues to live. Cin­ema is not meant for that. If you’re look­ing at cin­ema that it’ll tell you good val­ues then you’re mis­taken. It’s not Bi­ble,” he added.

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