The powerful Amitabh Bachchan delivers a passionate eight-minute diatribe about violence against women in the climax of Rumi Jafry’s gripping drama Chehre. It’s a masterful performance that brings the plot to a head and elevates the storey to new heights.
Anand Pandit, the producer, can’t get over how important 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 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.”
The surprise thing in the monologue is that, “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 eight-minute monologue as a video on women’s safety to be distributed free of cost to all organisations devoted to creating a safe environment for women,” says Pandit.
Earlier in 2016, Amitabh Bachchan said, “Laws, punishments, public awareness, safety, regulations, debates and discussions shall take place aplenty, and they should. But unless we change the mindset 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.”
“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!”