In an interview, Bhoomi actor Aditi Rao Hydari says that Bollywood movies that portray violence against women reflect the present condition of the society.
“So many cases of violence against women continue to take place, why aren’t we asking this question to the system? There are certain things that are constantly seen in our society – be it honour killings, rape or any kind of sexual assault. Or whether it’s people being silenced for having a voice of dissent. It’s either simple love stories or humorous ones. Isn’t that repetitive? It has been done so many times. Every kind of violence is different, every parent-child relationship is different. I’m sure Mom was different. But these stories were not able to reach out to the audiences. I really hope Bhoomi does,” said Aditi Rao Hydari.
Bhoomi is about a relationship of father and daughter. Talking about the same, Aditi said, “Here you see a father believing in his daughter and that comes out of love. It is often shown that a daughter always stands up for her family. But I don’t know how many times the parents stand up for the daughter.”
Aditi says that the film is based in Agra and that the young girls get married at a tender age in small towns.
She said, “With us city girls, there is an assumption that we have the space to raise our voice. Most of the parents in India, especially in smaller towns, fear for daughters due to the inhuman treatment meted out to them. They want her to go away, saying, ‘you’re not my responsibility anymore’. I don’t understand why don’t we nurture our girls?”
Talking about her screen time in the film, Aditi said, “It’s Sanju Sir’s comeback film, yes. He’s an experienced, loved and established actor. For example, the first shot in any traditional movie set-up would have been his. But here, I don’t know whether they thought about it or it just happened that the first shot in the film is a scene where Bhoomi is dyeing her father’s hair. That’s a rare thing to happen.”
The film is scheduled to release this Friday.