Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan Urges Poverty Eradication

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is gearing up for the Global Citizen Festival India (GCFI), has urged everyone to support poverty eradication.

The 74-year-old on Friday shared a photograph of himself shaking hands with the British band Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin.

“The Global Citizen Concert tomorrow (Saturday)…Coldplay and Jay Z and many others. Come support poverty eradication,” Amitabh captioned the image, which he shared on Twitter and his official blog.

Amitabh also shared that he got to know about Martin “more intimately when I heard his song that he sings along on the streets of London or England or somewhere, in a video .. and now this”.

Big B urges poverty eradication

“This concert being performed for the eradication of poverty in our universe, and for the well-being of the poor! A sense of pride envelops us as we speak about the venture and why not,” he wrote on his blog.

The cine-icon also posted some photographs of himself rehearsing for the festival, which is set to take place at the MMRDA grounds here on Saturday. The fest is focused on creating an impact in areas of education, equality, and clean water and sanitation.

“Rehearsals…always a mess, but somehow on the day all seems to work out and I do hope it does. The cause is great and noble and worthy,” he wrote.

Apart from Coldplay, GCFI will feature international artistes like the band The Vamps, Jay Z and Demi Lovato.

Among Indian celebrities names like A.R. Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Freida Pinto, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur and Arijit Singh will be present at the gala.

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Sexual Violence Largely Ignored By Film Industry: Big B

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday said the issue of sexual violence and sexual consent have been largely ignored by the Indian film industry, and questioned the absence of an independent word to denote female valour.

Amitabh analysed the changing role of women in Indian cinema at the inaugural of the 22nd edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival here.

“Meenal Arora, Falak Ali and Andrea Tariang (the female characters in ‘Pink‘) are to all intents and purposes emancipated women with all liberties accorded by their financial independence. Yet the film raises unsettling queries largely ignored by our film industry. ‘Pink‘ brings the issues of sexual violence and sexual consent into urban middle class homes,” he said.

Sexual violence largely ignored by film industry: Big B

Talking about films like “Udta Punjab” and “Parched” which deal with sexual violence, Big B said “Pink” provokes audiences to question whether education has changed the way women are treated in urban India or not.

“The Age of Consent Act was legalised over 125 years ago in 1891. How many times has the value of consent been taken for granted in our society? How many times has our culture considered consent and specifically sexual consent important enough to be acknowledged and discussed? How many times has ‘No’ meant ‘No’,” he wondered.

Citing examples of Indian films like the 1936 “Achhut Kanyya“, Satyajit Ray’s “Ghare Baire” ,”Mahanagar“, “Abhimaan“, Shyam Benegal’s “Ankur“, Gulzar’s “Aandhi” to recent endeavours like “Lajja“, “Paa“, “Mardaani“, “Mary Kom“, “Queen“, “Piku“, “Nil Battey Sannata” and the latest “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil“, Big B highlighted how women’s portrayal in Indian cinema had changed from the stereotypical housewife to strong and independent characters fighting for their rights.

“Even the word ‘mardaani’ is derived from the word ‘mard’ … the word which is a description of male valour and strength. Why is there not an independent word for female valour? This is something which I feel needs debate and consideration,” said Amitabh, a UN ambassador for the girl child.