Megastar Amitabh Bachchan regrets about the patriarchal mindsets which is still evident in most parts of India where women have been restricted to openly talk about harassment.
“Many crimes against women go unreported because women are scared to go to the police station, where they may face further harassment. Legal recourse is the fundamental right of every citizen and women have been denied that right because society does not like a woman who confronts her tormentors,” wrote Amitabh Bachchan in a preface for Pink: The Inside Story.
Pink: The Inside Story is a book by Gautam Chintamani which revolves around the making, effects and the script of the movie Pink, wherein Amitabh Bachchan states about the present development of harassment in the global entertainment industry. Pink had won National Award for the Best Film on social causes that sparked discussions on offense against women.
“Women today are more educated and financially more secure; they are ambitious and assertive; and yet, there seems to be no end to the atrocities perpetrated against women. You just have to pick up the newspaper every morning to know this,” Big B wrote.
He admitted that his decision to cast himself in Pink was because, “as an older member of the industry, I felt there needed to be a change in my engagement with my profession”.
The megastar further compared his relationship with the three girls in the book to his relationship with his own granddaughters. “It’s important for me that they grow up in a society that offers them the necessary protections and privileges,” said Amitabh Bachchan.