‘Women-ori­ented’ is a sex­ist term, says Aditi

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Women-cen­tric films such as Ran­goon, Naam Sha­bana, and Begum Jaan have cre­ated a lot of buzz in the days be­fore and af­ter their re­cent re­lease, but ac­tor Adito Rao Hy­dari is not pleased with the term ‘women-cen­tric’ or ‘womenori­ented’ and feels that it reeks of sex­ism.

“Women-ori­ented cinema... this phrase needs to die out, be­cause peo­ple don’t say hero ori­ented, child-ori­ented or dog-ori­ented. A film is a story about peo­ple. That per­son can be a girl, a boy or any­body. Why are we al­ways clas­sist, sex­ist, or gen­der-bi­ased? We don’t need to hear these things,” says Aditi. The ac­tor was re­cently named Youth Icon of the Decade at the Women of the Decade awards, given by the Women Eco­nomic Fo­rum in New Delhi.

While many speak of women-ori­ented cinema as a trend, Aditi says that giv­ing women suf­fi­cient space in films should not be some­thing that comes and goes with time. “It’s not a trend. A trend comes and goes, but sto­ries are here for­ever. Peo­ple and feel­ings are here for­ever. It’s re­ally not about [a] trend. I hope that women be­ing given the lime­light re­mains for­ever,” she says.

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

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