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'Sad If a Character's Problematic Behaviour Is Justified On Screen': Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao said that Aamir Khan is one of the few people who has looked back at his earlier work and apologised.

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Kiran Rao is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Laapataa Ladies. The Quint spoke to the director about her reportedly criticising Sandeep Reddy Vanga's films, problematic characters on-screen, women representation in the industry and more.

"There are very few people who would look back at their body of work and apologise for being a part of something problematic."
Kiran Rao, Filmmaker

When asked about Vanga's remark that Aamir Khan starred in misogynistic songs back in the day, she added that Aamir is one of the few people to apologise about the song Vanga was talking about, namely 'Khambe jaisi khadi hai'. "To have a star like Aamir apologize for starring in films that showed women in poor light is gracious," Kiran added.

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We also spoke to the director about justifying the behaviour of problematic characters.

"There are lots of people who are problematic and showing them on screen would not be wrong, but to justify their actions and make them the hero is odd, I feel, and not responsible."
Kiran Rao

While Kiran said that the onus cannot be on the filmmakers to send across a message she added, "As a responsible member of the society, I feel any work that is going to speak to billions of people needs that filter."

Editor: Veeru Krishan Mohan

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