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Amitabh Bachchan’s 8 Minute Monologue In Chehre Is A World Record, Will Be Used As Video For Women’s Safety




At the  climax of  Rumi Jaffrey’s  engrossing  thriller Chehre  the mighty Amitabh Bachchan delivers a  rousing  8-minute  monologue  on violence against women. It is a tour de force  that brings the  plot  to a boiling point and takes  the  narrative to another  level altogether.

Producer Anand Pandit cannot get  over how significant the monologue is. “No  actor in the world has delivered such a  long and  revealing monologue  on  any issue. You will be surprised  to know it was  Amitabh Bachchan Saab’s idea. He  thought it  would be a  good idea to  elevate  the  debate on the issue  of rape  and  women’s safety  in the  film to  another more universal level, and he was right.”

And the  biggest  surprise  of  the  monologue? “ Amitabh Bachchan  Saab wrote  the entire  monologue himself. Not just that he  performed it in one take ,at the end of  which all of us  broke  into  spontaneous  applause .We now  intend  to use that  8-minute  monologue as  a video on women’s safety to be distributed  free  of cost to all organizations  devoted to  creating a safe environment for women,” proclaims Pandit.

 Sexual violence against women has always concerned  Amitabh Bachchan . In an  interview with me in 2016  he said, “Laws, punishments, public awareness, safety, regulations, debates and discussions shall take place aplenty, and they should. But unless we change the mind set of our countrymen, or indeed any human that indulges in such horrific, depraved, degenerate and disgusting crimes in any part of the world, we cannot expect fruitful results.”

He had heatedly concluded his  arguments  on women’s safety by saying, “There needs to be an educational effort, efforts to bring uniformity, respect and equality without discrimination. Women cannot be objectified. A woman’s body is not a democracy, it is a dictatorship and it’s  high time they started exercising that right !

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