Imtiaz Ali‘s latest movie Jab Harry Met Sejal was critically panned. The Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer disappointed many fans of the actors and the director due to it’s problematic portrayal of Sejal‘s desperation to be ‘worthy’ of Harry, her constant need for his validation and Harry calling her ‘ghatiya‘ amongst other things. To talk about his film, Imtiaz held a Facebook live to address these problems and tried his best to defend his work.
That’s a question Anushka has asked me often. I feel that when girls grow up, they, through some ways that are not even nice, get to know about their worth as physical beings, whether they are attractive, beautiful, sexy and so on. And even now, there aren’t many ways where a girl can know if she is attractive to a man. Even now we find all of that a taboo in Indian society. For Anushka’s character, she meets a man who she doesn’t know and is not going to spend a lifetime with, or so she thinks. And he’s honest in talking about himself and so she decides to ask him about her latent insecurities, which are about the way she appears.
Do you think that’s a good enough reason for a woman to constantly ask her companion if she’s ‘laayak‘? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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Posted by Imtiaz Ali on Tuesday, August 22, 2017