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Men wrote lewd comments on YouTube, and repeatedly called a number that flashes on screen in Aadai teaser having nude shot of actor Amala; RJ Sarithran turned tables on them, making them uncomfortable for a change.
The highly acclaimed teaser for Aadai, starring Amala Paul was released on the 18thof June.
The teaser begins with a woman at the police station, complaining that her daughter is missing. The policeman tries to dissuade her from giving the complaint, saying that she should wait for another day. But the woman persists, saying that the last time she spoke to her daughter on the phone, she sounded drunk. A quote by Jean-Paul Sartre, “Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you,” appears on screen.
A few shots later, a phone showing a mobile number for “Ammaa” flashes on screen. The trailer ends with a young woman (Amala Paul) waking up naked, alone and in obvious distress. Her body language and facial expressions are indicative of fear and confusion, and there is nothing even remotely titillating or “sexy” about it at all. The haunting background music, with lyrics like “Nee paarkkum porul aa? (Are you a thing to be seen?),” adds to the sense of discomfort.
For some men however, just the sight of a female body, irrespective of context, is arousing, and they proceeded to leave crass and slut shaming comments. Some men repeatedly called the number that flashed in screen as well.
RJ Sarithran of Big FM schooled them, and how! He prank called them, pretending to be a police officer who received complaints from a lady, and questioned them about the calls. It was enough to get the men shaking in their boots.
“Please don’t make this public, if my family gets to know it’ll be come a problem,” says one man, in a video compilation of all the prank calls. Another tried to blame his kids, who he said were watching rhymes on YouTube. While some callers apologized, others cut the call abruptly.
Hearing these men brought to mind the man who recently complained to IRCTC about “offensive and vulgar” ads on their website, without realizing that it was simply a reflection of his own browsing behaviour.
Most women will acknowledge that merely existing in a public space can be perceived as an invitation by creepy men. Most of us have received “fraandship” requests and unwanted DMs that devolve into name-calling and slut shaming when we choose not to reply. For some women whose work phone numbers are widely known, the unwanted attention and harassment often extend to text messages and calls at weird hours.
It is nice to see such creeps get their comeuppance albeit via prank calls! One can only hope that they and others like them learned a valuable lesson.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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