Make workplaces safer for women, says Bachchan
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.