A Golden Globes moment eludes Bollywood because no one speaks in a unified voice, that’s Dia Mirza on SheThePeople’s Filmistani. Speaking to India’s largest storytelling platform for women, Dia Mirza spelt the problems that mar India’s film industry. “Our biggest peril is that we are not a unified voice.” What’s the reason behind this? “I don’t know what it is. Just everybody is so consumed by what they are doing that they don’t find the time or the bandwidth to focus on speaking together collectively.”
It was a most important moment in history. So many women stand together, collectively – Dia Mirza, Golden Globes Bollywood and more
On the red carpet at Golden Globes, stars wore black in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment. Oprah’s speech tore through the problems of then industry and women in general. “I want all the girls watching this now that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to ensure they become leaders and no body has to say #MeToo again.”
“It was a standout,” says Dia. “It was a most important moment in history. So many women stand together, collectively. The unified voice and sentiment that we will not tolerate any more of this. Times Up was so powerful. I have Goosebumps talking about it as I speak to you at SheThePeople.”
For me as a woman, as an Indian and as a citizen of this country that one of my own was harassed, was treated – for crying out loud, it was a criminal offence – Dia Mirza
Have we not matured as a film industry to take a collective stand? To speak for each other? To stand for each other? SheThePeople.TV asked Dia Mirza to share what holds us back in her opinion. Padmavati was a great example of how Deepika Padukone was trolled, bounties were announced for getting her head, her life was threatened. Why din’t the industry come together? Who or what holds them back? “It’s always economics. There is so much riding on a film and money invested in a film. There are so many hundreds of lives attached to that project that jeopardising that project would impact all. It’s a dichotomy we need to rise above.” Dia Mirza says as a woman this is a big bother. “For me as a woman, as an Indian and as a citizen of this country that one of my own was harassed, was treated – for crying out loud, it was a criminal offence and those who have committed that crime are at large. That is the kind of fear, that stops us from being unified.”
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