Popular Malayalam actress Manju Warrier on Monday said women-centric films alone won’t change the attitude of men towards the opposite sex in society. Speaking at the first edition of India Today Conclave South here, Manju said: “Women’s safety should not be at the mercy of men. “Women-centric films alone won’t change how men treat women. The change happens when the whole outlook of the society changes.” Actress Shriya Saran, who was part of the panel with Tamannaah Bhatia and Amyra Dastur, too, echoed similar thoughts.
In light of the recent mass molestation incident in Bengaluru, Shriya said: “It’s important that everybody is treated as individuals first. Irrespective of our sex, we are all individuals. We talk about making women-centric films all the time. So many men go to watch these films, come out and still tease women,” she said, and added that strict action against ill-treatment of women is one way to bring change.
“When will we realise that justice delayed is justice denied. We don’t take how women are treated seriously. Incidents against women continue to happen because those who are booked come out on bail easily. And they do it again and again,” she said. (ALSO READ: Tamannaah, Shriya Saran and gang dance at India Today Conclave! Fail all that they said about objectification of women!)
Tamannaah stressed on the importance of teaching women self-defence. “My experience of working in ‘Baahubali’ has made me brave. It has given me killer instincts to protect myself. As women, it’s important how we learn to protect ourselves,” she said, heaping praise on Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. “I like how Akshay has trained a lot of women in martial arts. Men should come together and teach women around them the art of self-defence,” she added. (ALSO READ: Nayanthara and Tamannaah lash out at director Suraaj for sexist remarks. Say “Heroines are not strippers or mere commodities!”)