Make more movies like ‘Dor’: Renuka Chowdhury

March 5th, 2008 - 5:08 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) If the minister of Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury has her way, Bollywood will be making more movies such as “Dor” which shows the struggle and then the victory of two women and actor John Abraham will be campaigning against female foeticide. “Films are such a strong medium to reach out to people with important messages and convince them to do something. Look at Nagesh Kukunoor’s movie ‘Dor’.

“It’s such a beautiful story of two different women, connected together by similar problems and finally winning over them. More such movies should be made on women and I am happy that filmmakers are finally dealing with serious women-centric subjects,” Chowdhury told IANS on the sideline of a workshop on female foeticide in the capital Wednesday.

“If a Bollywood heartthrob like John Abraham says don’t kill the girl child and respect women, people will listen to him. Youngsters have to be told, in their language, that it’s cool to stand up for the women folk.

“And people who have the ability to affect public opinion must take up these issues which affect society at large,” she added. Calling for everyone’s help to fight female foeticide, Chowdhury in one of her fiery speeches said that religious leaders must step in to help curb this problem.

“Religion is a very powerful tool and religious leaders should step in to help us curb this social evil called female foeticide.

“I have plans of installing messages in female deity temples very soon. How can one worship Lakshmi for wealth and Saraswati for knowledge, but deprive their own daughters back home? I think we all need a little bit of Durga in our homes. She has a good way of settling scores,” Chwodhury said amid peals of laughter.

Besides Chowdhury, Shantha Sinha, chairman of the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was also present in the workshop, which is one of the many events organised by the ministry of Women and Child Development before International Women’s Day, March 8.

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