The Bollywood film industry has often been accused of being regressive, with many films, especially from the 90s, revolving around a reduced representation of women in terms of character, the roles they play and the type of costumes compared to their male co-star.
Lately, however, Bollywood movies and songs exposing actresses to the male gaze and spreading the concept have become a hot topic of discussion. For those unaware, the male gaze is described as the perspective of a typical heterosexual male, in this context film or visual media audiences, to look at the female in a sexualized way that empowers males and objectively the women.
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With the portrayal of women often being questioned in the Bollywood industry, many actors have also become part of the feminist moment to fight for gender equality and raise their voices for women’s rights. From speaking out on women’s issues to launching campaigns for female empowerment, here are 5 Bollywood men who are true heroes indeed.
From the movies he worked in to the character he played, Rahul Bose has always been an advocate for women’s rights, their choices and spoken out against women’s issues and is a true feminist. The actor also launched ‘The Foundation’, an NGO that works for equality, against sexual abuse and helps improve the lives of marginalized groups.
Farhan Akhtar has always been a staunch feminist and advocate for women’s rights. The actor has often spoken of gender equality and the need to fight against discrimination. In 2013, he founded Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD), a social campaign to promote women’s empowerment. In 2014, he was appointed UN Women Regional Ambassador for South Asia.
Shah Rukh Khan
“We keep talking about empowering women, which I think is a misnomer. When we say ’empowering women’, there’s no such thing as empowering them. They’re more powerful than us. All we have to do is really give all the ladies a level playing field. That’s all they’re asking for,” SRK said in an interview about women’s empowerment. .