New Delhi: There is a spate of movies in Bollywood that are addressing the issue of violence against women and actor Aditi Rao Hydari believes it is better to make such films than just another run-of-the-mill love story.
Raveena Tandons “Maatr” and Sridevis “Mom” saw the mothers turning into avenging angels and now “Bhoomi” will see a father, played by Sanjay Dutt, fight for his daughter (Aditi).
The 30-year-old actor who features in the titular role of Bhoomi in the Omung Kumar-directed film says these movies are a reflection of what is happening in the society.
In an interview with PTI, the actor says, “So many cases of violence against women continue to take place, why arent 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 its people being silenced for having a voice of dissent.
“Its either simple love stories or humorous ones. Isnt that repetitive? It has been done so many times. Every kind of violence is different, every parent-child relationship is different.
Im sure Mom was different. But these stories were not able to reach out to the audiences. I really hope Bhoomi does.”
Aditi says her upcoming film is about a lower middle class family and how the father stands up for his daughter.
“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 dont know how many times the parents stand up for the daughter.”
Calling Bhoomi a woman of internal strength, the actor says she is glad the film is based in Agra as there is a tendency to get their daughters married as soon as possible in smaller towns.
“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, youre not my responsibility anymore. I dont understand why dont we nurture our girls?”
“Bhoomi” is Sanjays comeback vehicle, so will the audiences get to see enough of Aditis performance?
The actor says, “Its Sanju Sirs comeback film, yes. Hes an experienced, loved and established actor. For example, the first shot in any traditional movie set-up would have been his.
“But here, I dont 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 fathers hair. Thats a rare thing to happen.”
The film is slated to hit the screens this Friday.