Actor and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal and his co-stars Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor from the film 'Dharam Sankat Mein', expressed their displeasure over the recent ban of the Nirbhaya documentary 'India's Daughter', made by the BBC.
The documentary, which went viral two days ago, has been banned in India by the government. The film takes us through the journey of the brutal rape case of Delhi in December 2012, where a young girl was gang raped by 6 men in a moving bus. While the documentary features interviews of the victims' parents and close associates, it also has controversial statements from the accused Mukesh Singh and the defense lawyers M.L. Sharma and A.P. Singh.
At the trailer launch of their upcoming film 'Dharam Sankat Mein', when we asked Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal and Annu Kapoor for their opinion regarding the ban here's what they had to say:
â€œI find it impossible to understand as to why is it banned. I have not seen the film but I am aware of the content. I have heard the interview of the lady who has made the film. She herself is a rape victim. I think this movie should be seen. It is completely beyond comprehension why it has been banned because it shows the mindset of the person involved and it is extremely important that we understand it. A lot of old uncles and people make such remarks. He has nothing to lose and he can have his say. What he has said is very revealing about the majority of male mindsets in our country. I think this ban should be revoked,â€ proclaimed Naseer.
Added Annu, â€œI have seen the film and it's an eye opener. I agree to Naseeruddin Shah and endorse the same thinking. This film in fact should be shown to all the kids in the school. It is only in our country where girls are being taught 'Don't get raped' but our men aren't taught 'Don't Rape'! People in India, pray to 16 devis and Nav Grah but ironically, women in the Country are never respected. Had it been Saudi Arabia, he wouldn't have been able to give such an interview. He would have been castrated.â€
However, while both Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor were quite vocal about their opinions, BJP MP and actor Paresh Rawal initially stayed mum on the issue. Eventually, when the media coaxed him further he said, â€œI feel we should show the film because the thinking of such men needs to be understood. If Nathuram Godse's statement (bayaan) can be highlighted, then this man's statement also should be shown to all. People should know that such people exist. I don't think there is anything wrong or bad in showing the documentary.â€