Let’s get the cat out of the bag- Bollywood by virtue is sexist. Be it the inconsiderate wage gap between male and female actors or its trade-tested scripts that worship the hero, there is a long way before B-town can claim itself to be unbiased, functioning without any parity.
While there are a few who are fighting the constraints of regressive thinking, fighting the stereotypes (even the CBFC), it is the inherent and innate mansplaining and patronisation that ruins it for all. I wouldn’t have said any of this If I didn’t mean it. Or in this case, if Tiger Shroff wouldn’t have made claims that I can’t, and almost don’t wish to fathom!
In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Tiger Shroff was quizzed about his views regarding his leading ladies in the ‘Student of the Year’ sequel and the ‘Baaghi’ actor didn’t give away much except for the fact that he has no problems working with newcomers.
“When I work with someone who is my junior, I know exactly what the person is going through. I’ve never felt the need to work with established actresses.”
The question stemmed from the reports that suggested that star-kids Jhanvi (Sridevi’s daughter) and Ananya (Chunky Pandey’s daughter) are being cast opposite him.
But after that Tiger quickly added his after-thoughts about the same and it is not in the lines of progressive cinema we want to see. In fact, he compared his female co-actors to ‘paddings’ he doesn’t care about.
Yes, you heard that right. While I cannot begin to explain how problematic the statement is, it doesn’t take rocket science to deduce that the comparison reduces women to assets/eye-candies that exist only to add aesthetics (I’m talking about item songs).
Many may argue that the three-year-old actor does not mean disrespect to the leading ladies and is probably unaware of how his words reek of sexism, but this is exactly the kind of casual sexism and insensitivity that actresses like Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan are trying to expose and do away with.
And honestly, it is high time B-towners learn how to practice what they preach. At least for the redemption of their own craft and profession.