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01-15-2013, 06:01 AM #1
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It's part of Pune’s culture to appreciate theatre & film: Shabana
Shabana Azmi will perform in the play Broken Images at the Times Pune Festival today
Broken Images, a play written by Girish Karnad, directed by Alyque Padamsee will see Shabana Azmi essay two roles, rather two facets of one character and the constant dialogue between them. The play produced by Raell Padamsee will be staged today as part of the Times Pune Festival at the Nehru Memorial Hall. Excerpts of an interview with Shabana.
You had once said in an interview that art has the possibility of creating a climate of sensitivity in which it is possible for change to occur. Do you think this is possible with the current scene in our country?
More than ever before. The time has come when we stop blaming the police, social organisations or politicians. The fact is that we are dealing with a patriarchal set-up which privileges a boy over a girl. What is required now is firm investigation, fast track courts, speedy justice and punishment. And we as responsible people should reflect and analyse how we can bring about the change. And all creative art also has an important role to play.
You were here last year for the Times Pune Festival with Kaifi aur Main. Broken Images is an engrossing performance about the darkness within us all.Tell us about your experiences with the play.
The biggest challenge was the technical aspect. I play Manjula and Malini who are in dialogue with each other. One is pre-recorded so the timing has to be impeccable so I always need to be on my toes. The play is also about the envy between two sisters who love each other. The human angle is tackled beautifully.
How do you find Pune and the audience here?
Pune has always been a brilliant audience. It is part of the city's culture to appreciate theatre and film. I have spent two years at FTII and it has been the most fulfilling and nurturing part of my life.
At a time when we are fighting for a safer India, there are politicians who are making bizarre comments on the way a woman should dress and how she should stay indoors to avoid sexual harassment. Your thoughts?
It is an extremely sorry state of affairs when the country is talking about a change in the patriarchal set-up, politicians are making sexist comments. The fact is not about girls wearing clothes of their choice. It is about men being able to rape her. It is ridiculous to say that women who wear short dresses drive a man to rape her. What about hundreds of dalit women who are clothed from head to toe and are subjected to sexual violence? You cannot stop a girl from going out of the house and earning her livelihood. It is about making our environment safer. It is about inculcating respect. The attitude has to change. We do not encourage a woman going to the police station to lodge a complaint. She is being harassed at the station and then in the court. Gender sensitisation is important. It is also important for women who have been brutalised to open up. There are other measures as well like street lighting, firm investigation and strong punishment which can act as deterrents.
Are you going to take this protest forward through your work?
We need to reflect within ourselves and there is also a need for self-regulation. We are having discussions within the film industry but it cannot be appropriated by the moral police and cannot be usurped by them. We cannot have people telling us what to do and what not to do. I have been doing my bit for the Mijwan Welfare Society founded by my father Kaifi Azmi. Education and empowerment of the girl child is extremely important for the society.
Broken Images is by invitation only