Make work­places safer for women, says Bachchan

Sunday Tribune - - WORLD -

BOL­LY­WOOD megas­tar Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 76 on Thurs­day, called his big day an “un­nec­es­sary fuss”.

“It was just an­other day in the life of a per­son. What’s the big deal? Be­ing away from at­ten­tion would be ideal, but I would like to have my fam­ily with me, par­tic­u­larly my grand­chil­dren,” he said.

Bachchan, who drew flak for not talk­ing about the cur­rent #Metoo move­ment in In­dia, took to so­cial me­dia to share an in­ter­view tran­script on his birth­day. In the doc­u­ment, he con­demns sex­ual ha­rass­ment and calls for strin­gent mea­sures to make work­places safer for women.

“No woman should ever be sub­jected to any kind of mis­be­haviour, or dis­or­derly con­duct, es­pe­cially at her work­place,” he said. “Such acts should im­me­di­ately be brought to the no­tice of con­cerned author­i­ties, and cor­rec­tive mea­sures taken, ei­ther through fil­ing com­plaints or re­course to law.”

Bachchan said dis­ci­pline and civic, so­cial and moral cur­ric­ula should be adopted at an early ed­u­ca­tional level and that women and chil­dren were the most vul­ner­a­ble.

“They need to be un­der spe­cial pro­tec­tive care. It has been most heart­en­ing to see women rep­re­sen­ta­tions in most work vo­ca­tions on the in­crease in our coun­try. It would be an ir­repara­ble blem­ish if we were not able to pro­vide them the wel­come they de­serve and the dig­nity of the se­cu­rity of their pres­ence,” said the Bol­ly­wood mega star.

Bachchan, who has be­come known for de­vot­ing his life to oth­ers, said that he would not want it any other way.

“You won’t find an in­di­vid­ual who is con­tent with liv­ing a life ded­i­cated to oth­ers any­where else. Say­ing ‘I’ve done enough’ would be a very weak po­si­tion to take for me as an artist. The day an artist feels that this is enough, no more, would be for me a de­feat on my cre­ative abil­i­ties,” he said.

As an ac­tor Bachchan said that he had mil­lions of un­ful­filled dreams

“Dreams of per­fec­tion, of qual­i­fy­ing the craft to its ul­ti­mate, if there ever can be one. As an artist, to ac­cept my lim­i­ta­tions and yet keep at­tempt­ing to im­prove on each chal­lenge. As a mu­si­cian, to be able to ed­u­cate my­self and be in the learn­ing of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, for mu­sic, to me, is the clos­est con­nect to the Almighty,” said Bachchan.

Bachchan’s next re­lease is the eagerly awaited Thugs Of Hin­dostan, where his get-up, de­meanour, dia­logues and, of course, leg­endary bari­tone are be­ing talked about again.

He had to wear make-up and do gru­elling ac­tion scenes.

“The make-up and cos­tume and the acts dur­ing the shoot­ing of Thugs of Hin­dostan have been tough and dif­fi­cult and stren­u­ous. But when did any job ever be­come easy? The time con­sumed in get­ting pre­pared for work each day was a good three to four hours in put­ting the look on and an­other hour and a half to take it off at the end of the day. But once a com­mit­ment has been made, it is but pro­fes­sional to do and be­have in a man­ner that is di­rected by the mak­ers. I hope I have been able to do so,” said Bachchan.

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