Team Thappad campaign led by Taapsee Pannu gathers steam against gender violence 

The team behind the film Thappad starring Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu is promoting a campaign against on-screen gender-based violence.
Taapsee Pannu (Photo: IANS)
Taapsee Pannu (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS): The team behind the film Thappad starring Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu is promoting a campaign against on-screen gender-based violence.

In a short film, Taapsee is seen demanding disclaimers for scenes involving gender-based violence just like the way a disclaimer is displayed for on-screen smoking and animal cruelty.

The promotion is a boost for Breakthrough, a women's rights organisation's efforts to bring about a change in the way films approach gender-based violence without disclaimers.

"I'm happy that our petition on warnings and disclaimers for on-screen gender-based violence has received an overwhelmingly positive response," said Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough. 

"We strongly believe that our efforts at bringing about lasting behavioural change through means of popular culture and community-based actions will play a crucial role in ending gender-based violence," she said.

"I am happy Thappad has taken the lead. We hope many more films to follow this practice," she added.

The women's rights organisation gathered more than 1.25 lakh signatures as part of its on-going campaign for warnings and disclaimers against on-screen gender-based violence in Indian films.

"Besides introspecting on the nature of on-screen violence against women and girls, and keeping in mind the popular reach of cinema and television, the identification of such acts of violence also enables cinema-goers and television viewers to make the connection with real life and to take cognisance if this is happening to them or someone they know," Bhattacharya added.

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