Veteran actor-social activist Shabana Azmi, who has expressed her angst against item songs in the past, said lyricists must take care to avoid derogatory words.¬†‚ÄúI am against the use of item songs in the films. The words which are being used in such songs are derogatory and are against the image of females,‚ÄĚ said the Arth actress during an interactive session, Baithak, organised by News18 today, on August 7, 2018.
Shabana cited the lyrics of the Fevicol se song from superstar Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg 2. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt feel there is any need to include item song in movies. They are not even related to the story. Lyricists should think twice before writing such songs,‚ÄĚ added the 67-year-old actress, wife of celebrated writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar. (Also read:¬†Shabana Azmi reminisces FTII days with Rita Bhaduri; reveals the late actress was fondly called ‚ÄėTanuja‚Äô in college)
She also spoke about the changing content in Bollywood films and women-oriented films.¬†From Damini in 1993 to Pink in 2016, Bollywood has made quite a number of women-oriented films, but Shabana says now the content has evolved and instead of showing weak and helpless women, Bollywood has started portraying strong female characters.
Shabana, who is known for raising her voice for women‚Äôs rights, believes India has not progressed completely as female foeticide is still practiced.¬†‚ÄúNow, I just don‚Äôt want to point out the issues, I want to bring out the solution and fight for women with them,‚ÄĚ added Shabana, who cited her late father and writer Kaifi Azmi‚Äôs words.