Jaundiced Views

Location: Mumbai, India

Friday, August 12, 2005

Going the Bhagyashree Way...

Chitrangda Singh is the latest kid on the movie block. The talented actor, an Army officer’s daughter, hailing from a small town of Meerut(near Delhi), made her debute in Sudhir Misra's Movie "Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi". The Smita Patil look alike has had many seasoned directors gushing, both with her looks and talent. Her second film "Kal" is currently under post-production.

Married to the famous golfer Jyoti Randhawa, there are stories abound, about maritial discord, on her further acting in movies. It will be sad to see another talented actor being sacrified at the altar of domestic bonhomie. A decade and half earlier, Bhagyashree made a powerful debut with Salman Khan in "Maine Pyar Kiya". Afterwards her silly headstrong condition to enact only opposite her husband Himalaya, resulted in few flops at box office and her eventual fading away.

Jyoti should take a few tips from Tiger Pataudi, who let Sharmila Tagore, continue working after their marriage. This resulted in gems like Aradhana, Amar Prem, Mausam.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

A World without Woman....

Boring - Yes, Impossible(near future in India) - NO.

One look at our country's skewed sex ratio and you can anticipate the disaster lurking around the corner. The blatant female foeticide has reached epic proportions. Most countries in the world, have a healthy 105 female births for every 100 males but in India, the figure is 93 women for every 100 men and decreasing...

This scenario has been aptly brought out in a film by Manish Jha, called " Matrubhoomi - A Nation without woman". What is really sickening is the fact that the sex ratio in urban Indian cities is skewed most in the affluent pockets. This shocking relevation comes about in a report titled β€˜Missing – Mapping the Adverse Child Sex Ratio in India,’ compiled by the Registrar-General and Census Commissioner, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the UNFPA.

Mumbai has an poor sex ratio of 898 girls for every 1,000 boys, according to the 2001 census. The more affluent pockets like South Mumbai and Malabar Hill are the worst perpetuators. Similarly New Delhi having a dismal sex ratio of 883 females per 1000 males, the figure skewes in affluent pockets like South Delhi and West Delhi ( 856 and 866 females per 1000 males). This naturally brings out the question - "Is Education/Awareness really the Key to stopping these infanticides"