Karan Johar condemned the film industry for the objectification of women and also apologized conditionally for having item numbers in his own films.
Karan said that the film’s industry’sand small screen’s objectification of women is not acceptable. He said that the item numbers need to be eliminated.
In an interview on a leading Indian media, Karan said, “The moment you put a woman in the center and a thousand men looking at her lustingly, it’s setting the wrong example. As a filmmaker, I have made those mistakes and I will never do it again.”
He also spoke about how the films played a major role in gender stereotyping and also that the film industry is taking notice of this. He said, “Films set the fabric of our times. They can be immensely impressionable. When you show a man chasing a woman, it seems like it all so passionate about love but it could amount to stalking. When you show a man being abusive to a woman you think he is being angry but no, he is being wrong. Things you show on celluloid sometimes set a template. So we as film makers need to be very responsible. Sometimes you don’t realise the things you write or project but you don’t know that they will actually impact society.”
When asked to identify and describe what feminism meant to him, Karan said to India’s leading Indian media, that it was his inherent value given he grew up amidst a strong mother and powerful aunts.
Karan sad that the moment you put a woman in the centre and a thousand men looking at her lustingly, it’s setting the wrong example. As a film maker I have made those mistakes and I will never do it again
When asked as to how does he define feminism Karan said that he had inherited the good values as he grew up between a strong mother and powerful aunts.
Karan said, “For for feminism is beyond what we know it is. It’s hard for one word to encapsulate the power of a woman. Having the been raised by a wonderful and progressive woman, my mom and even my aunts – I think progressiveness was in my dna. To me it’s my instinct to be a feminist…to have a progressive stance on what woman can achieve in the world. I am a total feminist.”