Like many other women in our Bollywood fraternity, Dia Mirza also joined the league of the growing chorus, asking questions regarding the reason behind non-existence of women in Bollywood Delegation Meet with the Prime Minister.
On Tuesday 18th December, a meeting was held between the PM and some delegates who represent our entertainment industry, to discuss the ways of how to take our film industry to the next stage and also to discuss the lower and uniform rates of GST for the Bollywood fraternity. 18 delegates were present, which includes stars Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, Directors Karan Johar and Rakesh Roshan, Chief of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi, producers Screwala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, along with several male celebrities from the Bollywood fraternity.
Nevertheless, as pointed out by the Twitterati as well, no women was seen in the meeting, a meeting that was supposed to have representatives of the Indian Film industry – The largest in the world (it was mandatory to mention). Here are some of the reactions which have the irony of having an all-male delegate represent the Bollywood industry, and especially after a year which was notable for multiple women-led superhits.
This convention grabbed everyone’s eyeballs on Wednesday when it was seen in the pictures which witnessed the exclusion of female representation. Some activists and filmmakers pointing out that it was 2018 and asking, “Where are the women?”
On Thursday, Bollywood star Dia Mirza, took her Twitter handle to express her dismay over the issue and cracked a question laced with sarcasm, which says, “This is wonderful! Is there a reason why there were no women in this room?” and tagged Akshay in the tweet.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 19, 2018
Her tweet was actually a retweet of Khiladi Kumar’s Tweet, in which he expressed his gratitude and thanked the Prime Minister for taking out time for the panel, and when a random social media user asked questions to the organizers about the reason for selection of all-men delegation via twitter, Dia tweeted,
“True. Wish one of the men had asked this question. How can an entire Industry be represented only by men?”
It’s not about competition! It’s such a fundamental thing. If we hope to achieve equality we must be included in all conversations! Of course women are doing well. We are doing well despite the fact that we are excluded. And doesn’t that need to change? https://t.co/D9ug3OG55U
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 20, 2018
Many people took their twitter handles and asked questions for the same, some tweeple were asking questions like, “why you all need to make a comparison between men and women at all places?” the actor stroke him down by saying that the bebate is “not always about competition”.
She further added,
“… It’s such a fundamental thing. If we hope to achieve equality we must be included in all conversations! Of course women are doing well. We are doing well despite the fact that we are excluded. And doesn’t that need to change?” in her twitter post.
Great. We women have no issues to discuss. Obviously. https://t.co/iOlwnd7sZB
— Sandhya Mridul (@sandymridul) December 19, 2018
Many more celebrities from the film fraternity expressed their feelings ironically like, Actor Sandhya Mridul who also retweeted Akshay Kumar’s post and said,
“Great. We women have no issues to discuss. Obviously.”
The most disappointing thing in all this is, in a year, where India tripped upon its #MeToo movement which lead to heated arguments and debates on crooked gender politics at the workplace or any where, including actors, film makers and directors such as Leena Yadav, Alankrita Shrivastava and Guneet Monga, and many assessed the panel for the exclusion of women from the meet.