Tamannaah Bhatia at India Today Conclave South: Objectification of women deeply ingrained

Baahubali star Tamannaah Bhatia, who has recently been vocal against the objectification of actors in the film industry, says it’s a deeply ingrained social problem that needs urgent remedy.

Tamannaah recently said she was deeply hurt by director Suraaj’s sexist remarks. They’ve previously worked in films like Kaththi Sandai and Padikathavan.

Speaking about his comments, she said, “I called him up and asked him why did you make the comment that he decides the length of an actress’s skirt. He said ‘I didn’t mean to say it like that’.”

'No North South Divide: The Universal Beauty' Actors Shriya Saran, Manju Warrier and Tamannaah BHatia    at the India Today Conclave South in Chennai 09012017 - India Today Photo

‘No North South Divide: The Universal Beauty’ Actors Shriya Saran, Manju Warrier and Tamannaah BHatia at the India Today Conclave South in Chennai 09012017 – India Today Photo

“The problem in our country is that people don’t realise when they are talking about a woman and what it implies. They think a comment about a woman’s skirt is not about objectifying her because she is supposed to be objectified!”

“The problem is it’s very ingrained and its a problem the country is facing. The way they look at women is very different from what we want.

'No North South Divide: The Universal Beauty' Actor Tamannaah Bhatia  at the India Today Conclave South in Chennai 09012017 - India Today Photo

‘No North South Divide: The Universal Beauty’ Actor Tamannaah Bhatia at the India Today Conclave South in Chennai 09012017 – India Today Photo

The problem is ignorance. Here the problem is they don’t even know what they are saying,” she added.

Putting her support behind a campaign to spread awareness on self-defense, Tamannaah drew from her own experience playing a female warrior in Baahubali.

“The first thing I learnt is to be brave. And secondly having the instinct to protect yourself,” she said.