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Jaipur Literature Festival 2013: My favourite author is my wife, says Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Resham Sengar
Jaipur: Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s presence with his wife Anupama and daughter in tow on the third day of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 was quite an unexpected but pleasant surprise.
The film maker was asked to share his opinion on the statement made by Shabana Azmi during her session on Day 2 that Indian cinema stands responsible for the sexual commodification of women.
“I agree that it is a very sad fact but what we have done to Indian women is completely commodification. Talking about the Delhi gang rape incident how you would justify that the juvenile rapist who was involved in the horrific rape crime was not influenced with Bollywood films? I would like some psychiatrist to talk to him about what kind of films did he saw (before committing such grave crime), who are your big screen idols,” said Chopra.
He further said, “When a movie star does something wrong on screen it is automatically legitimised. My last film ‘Ferrari ki Sawari’ said that what you see is what you do. The kids do what they see, as does society. He also said that the film makers need to understand that they are socially responsible as film makers.
I want to make a movie with Rahul Pandita (author of the bestselling novel ‘Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement’ and ‘The Absent State’), he said hinting that the talks are going on about his next film.
When asked about who his favourite author is, Chopra smiled and said, “My favourite author is Anupama (Chopra).” He signed off by saying that it was his little daughter, who is fond of writing, brought him to the festival.