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Film-maker Deepa Mehta speaks to Madhu Trehan on the Delhi rape, her films being on how women are perceived by men in India and the choices women have, dealing with censorship, why Midnight’s Children is “a woman’s story”, getting to know Salman Rushdie and more…

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Film-maker Deepa Mehta speaks to Madhu Trehan on the Delhi rape, her films being on how women are perceived by men in India and the choices women have, dealing with censorship, why Midnight’s Children is “a woman’s story”, getting to know Salman Rushdie and more…

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  • RT

    There is something missing in emphasizing the role of women in society. Women are an equal and extremely important part for the well being of whole humanity. Reducing the important tasks of providing stable environment at home, providing nutritious food and clean surroundings to chores and menial labor in my opinion is a blow to society. These are important tasks and women must also be highly educated so that they impart this part of knowledge early in childhood to the next generation. But wrongly focusing only on wage earning part and working in office environment as success for women is misplaced. Probably I am not articulating well the important role women have and are providing to the world. Their role in the vast human soceity is not well recognized and are fighting for fake rights. Need a more mature and stable debate and not gender biased discussion. Identifying women as victims is the biggest mistake. If women are not well educated and equipped with right knowledge in the world to run a society then humanity will suffer. That should be the topic of discussion.

    • Indian

      Kudos for having put the role of women in proper perspective.
      Thanks.

  • Sunshine

    We should definitely improve the condition of women in our society and give them there proper due respect. Apart from that according to Wikipedia number of rapes in USA was 1 in every 10 minutes.(Just a thought)

    • Leo

      its good to know tht u trust WIKIPEDIA and hope u knw unlike INDIAN police, USA police goes after rapist like crazy even if the victim was a stripper

      • Sunshine

        My intention to mention rape statistics from USA (I hope Wikipedia can be trusted) was to insinuate that every bad things happening to women in India may not be due to our tradition. Off course we still have to do a lot to achieve in terms of women empowerment.

        • raj panchal

          yaar!! listen.. its not about rape per se.. its about how women feel.. ask a woman living in delhi if she feels safe when she travels alone at night?? and ask the same question to an american or europian woman.. also ask if she has ever been abused physically in her own home.. you will be surprised by the number of affirmatives you get to this question.. this is a problem of our tradition and its time we accept it and try to change it!!

  • Venkatesh

    Madhu .. I have great respect for you and wait week in week out for your interviews/conversations. Sadly this is the worst interview I have ever seen. To put it bluntly, you have digressed from your fact based, analytical approach , to one based on ” feelings” and speculation.. It was kind of filled with fluff. Sorry if that hurt !!!!

  • Rangan

    Madhu..

    You are a serial offender.. apalling mispronunciations of South Indian names
    Kanimozhi… Krishna menon, TTK, baffled you mispronounce even Murali (of Hindu).. but this is tops u dont know that Rahman was born Dileep Kumar and is tamil speaking….

    • Madhu

      I only mispronounced Kanimozhi. And why is it spelled with a “z” if it is not pronounced as “z”? Of course I know that Rehman is a converted Muslim. What does that have to do with anything? Are you disputing Deepa’s statement that he is not fluent in Hindi

      • test

        Zh is used is used to denote a specific sound in Tamizh (the “ill” sound represented by il in the word Tamil is not pronounced flatly hence it is denoted commonly in english by zh and a corresponding “li” sound is denoted by zhi) – ofcourse we can all pronounce a French name in perfect french – I guess people don’t ask why if it was not from India (they would have probably learnt it by then). Deepa says “Rahman’s Hindusthani and his urdu ” does she equate Hinduthani == urdu. Not every one speaks Hindi in India – I am surprised as Rangan that you are surprised in your reaction.

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