Gaua­har: I’ve never done songs that ob­jec­tify women

The ac­tor says that the songs she has been part of are all ‘en­ter­tain­ment based’, and have never ob­jec­ti­fied women, in any way

HT City - - CITY / ENTERTAINMENT - Juhi Chakraborty [email protected]

Model-turned-ac­tor Gaua­har Khan is cred­ited with a num­ber of item songs in­clud­ing hits such as Chokra Jawaan and Jhalla Wal­lah. But, says she’s par­tic­u­lar about her choice of songs, and stays clear of lyrics that are deroga­tory for women in any sense.

“I have never done songs that ob­jec­tify women. My songs are en­ter­tain­ment based. I’m very care­ful about what I choose, and refuse many songs (that come to me) be­cause of their lyrics and what they are try­ing to say,” says Gaua­har.

In the con­tem­po­rary times of #MeToo, when peo­ple are op­pos­ing lyrics that ob­jec­tify women, Gaua­har op­poses that ev­ery­thing is “be­ing dragged into this move­ment”. She says, “As an artist, you al­ways have the choice of what you want to be as­so­ci­ated with, and I think that is a re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery artist,” she adds.

The #MeToo move­ment has taken a toll on quite a few Bol­ly­wood projects as many names from the in­dus­try em­broiled in con­tro­ver­sies ei­ther step­ping down or be­ing asked to leave.

Gaua­har is “happy” that peo­ple are call­ing out per­pe­tra­tors, but feels there are many who might mis­use the con­tro­versy. She opines that “One must also have the abil­ity to fight it on a per­sonal level. One must be em­pow­ered enough to fight against things that are wrong. Whether you are a man or a woman, you must have the abil­ity to speak up! I am happy that peo­ple are speak­ing up, but there are also times that it’s taken in the wrong light. One must also try and stop it, right when it hap­pens. That gives out a very strong mes­sage.”

I’m very care­ful about what I choose, and refuse many songs (that come to me) be­cause of their lyrics and what they are try­ing to say

GAUA­HAR KHAN, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Gaua­har Khan is care­ful about her choice of item songs

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