Celebrities who spoke against the “India’s Daughter” ban

The ban on Leslee Udwin’s documentary, “India’s Daughter” by the Indian government might have succeeded in preventing a large number of people from seeing the film in India, but the documentary still managed to succeed in its intended purpose. In the US, the film was premiered in the presence of some of the biggest names in the Hollywood.  Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, Frieda Pinto (who was bought up in India) and Dakota Fanning lit candles and in the memory of the gang-rape victim, Jyoti Singh.


But along with them, many other celebrity women spoke against the ban. We give you a few of these women, who refused to keep quiet and took a firm stand on the government ban.


Freida Pinto

Freida  Pinto  Picture By: Inrumour

Freida Pinto
Picture By: Inrumour

At the premier of the documentary, Pinto said: “Ultimately, this is a film that needs to go out. This is not a shame-India documentary.” According to Mashable, she added, “This film in no way is propagating violence in order to solve the problem. In fact, what we’re saying is let’s do this in the most civilized possible way ever… This is not just an India problem; this is a problem that inflicts almost every country in the world.” Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ global ambassador also said, “There’s not a single country in 2015 that is free of sexual violence against women.”


Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep Picture By: Mirror.co.uk

Meryl Streep
Picture By: Mirror.co.uk


At the premier, the actress said, “Tonight we light these candles to honor the value and the work of Jyoti Singh’s short, promising life. She was India’s daughter. Tonight she’s our daughter too.” According to Twitter, she also said: “This moving documentary is harrowing not only for its heartbreaking, unflinching look at a young woman’s life brutally ended, but for the intimate clear eyed look at the young men who broke her and their defenders. It forces the look at the mindset that must be made to know it has no place in the civilized world.”


Kirron Kher

Kirron Ker Picture By: India Tv News

Kirron Ker
Picture By: India Tv News

Indian actress and Member of the Lok Sabha, directly spoke in the Parliament against the ban. She said, “More important than whether the documentary should be made or not made, what those people said is what we need to concentrate on. Those people haven’t learned anything all these years.”

Jaya Bachchan

Jaya Bacchan Picture By: SKJ Bollywood

Jaya Bacchan
Picture By: SKJ Bollywood

Another enraged member of Rajya Sabha, Mrs. Jaya Bacchan asked the government to take a strict and speedy decision about the rapists, according to a report by Pink Villa. Mrs. Bachchan asked the government to handover the convicts to the women MP’s of the Rajya Sabha saying they could ‘take care’ of them. She also gave a statement syaing, “Dear Home Minister I appreciate what you did. But it’s 3 years since the incident. I want to know what relief are you giving her family?”


Nandita Das

Nandita Das  Picture By: New Indian Express

Nandita Das
Picture By: New Indian Express

“I firmly believe that everybody has a right to watch and decide what they want to take away from it. With bans like this, the authorities are depriving us of our right to make a choice. In any case anybody can watch it online, so why the fuss,” she said in an interview with Long Live Cinema.


[Featured Picture Courtesy: The Guardian]