Raveena Tandon speaks on the changing landscape of the male-dominated film industry; says, “We are going slowly but surely”
Raveena Tandon talks about breaking barriers in the male-dominated film industry at BJP’s ‘Mann Ki Baat @100’ conclave.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organised a national conclave named ‘Mann Ki Baat @100’ to celebrate 100 episodes of the programme on April 26. It was graced by 1000 esteemed citizens from various parts of the country, who have been mentioned by the Prime Minister in the previous episodes. Among many others, Bollywood stars Aamir Khan and Raveena Tandon also attended the event to express their opinion. While Aamir turned speaker during ‘Ahwan Se Jan Andolan,’ Raveena Tandon was a part of the ‘Nari Shakti’ session.
During her time, the 48-year-old actress addressed various aspects of women’s empowerment in the entertainment industry. She asserted, “We also talk about pay disparity but in the TV industry today, women are paid much higher than their male counterparts, which is a great thing because of the kind of work they do and I think in our TV industry, women rule. In OTT platforms too, the protagonists are mostly women, and women’s issues are discussed.”
She further added, “In the film industry, we are going there slowly but surely because it has been a male-dominated industry since the beginning but there is definitely a change. Our women have broken the glass ceiling, we have entered every male bastion.”
While claiming that representation and pay disparity still plagues the industry, she explained, “In the world today, there is a change because all the top positions, be it director of photography, our choreographers, our directors, producers, platform heads and channel heads are women.”
The Padma Shri recipient continued, “So the opportunities that we should be getting, we are getting that. A woman being at the helm of producing something, she understands those issues, she understands the sensitivity, she has the sensibilities so we get more opportunities.”
Raveena then stated that in the 1990s, actors in Hindi cinema faced difficulties in breaking their established image or stereotype in the industry. She said, “There is a lot of change in the film industry that was not there in the 90s. You would get stereotyped for playing a certain character.”
While talking about her 2001 release Daman, she said, “I did not get any acceptance and faced a lot of struggle at that time but the film won the National Film Award and rightfully so because it was a film that was ahead of its time. And 23 years later, we are still discussing it (marital rape) even today.”
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