Bollywood celebrities have either put on hold or completely cancelled their plans for the New Year as respect to Damini/Amanat – the victim of a Delhi gang rape who was brutally attacked earlier this month and died on Saturday.
According to the Times Of India, the Bachchan family, Rishi-Neetu and Ranbir Kapoor and the Roshans have called off their plans in light of the tragedy. Hema Malini who had planned a huge party for her daughter and son-in-law (first New Year together after their wedding) has also cancelled the plans.
Shabana Azmi who had planned a private affair with husband Javed Akhtar said, “We are doing NOTHING to celebrate the New Year out of respect for the brave heart who lost her life on Saturday after putting up a valiant fight that brought the people of our country together as one one nation demanding safety for India’s daughters.”
Pooja Bhatt also confirmed that she was in no mood to celebrate the New Year, “I will spend the New Year thanking the lord for the privilege of being safe and alive. I will be going for long walks in the woods and abstaining from celebrations for sure.”
Naseeruddin Shah went one step ahead by blaming Bollywood films for desensitizing the country against rape. He said, “I’m afraid our population has become desensitized to rape because of cinema. In our movies, it is an act that is either foiled or avenged by the hero. So I don’t think people have a realistic view of this ghastly crime. For the first time the gruesome details of what transpired during the actual act of rape came out in the public domain. I think that caused the public outrage. And that’s good. I just hope this outrage is sustained and doesn’t become one more token protest.”
Extracts from Times Of India