"We've been selling a terrible dream in our films for long"

A lot of stalking in real life is inspired by what we show in films says Siddharth
Flix Kollywood Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 17:20

Activists, feminists, film lovers and even the Madras High Court have all weighed in on the glorification of stalking and violence against women in Tamil cinema. This after the brutal murder of Swathi, a techie in Chennai by an alleged stalker at the Nungambakkam railway station last month. While Kollywood has been largely silent on the debate, actor Siddharth on Sunday tweeted admitting that the film industry has been “selling a terrible dream”.

In reply to TNM's Dhanya Rajendran, the star acknowledged that stalking in real life is inspired by what is shown in films. He pointed out that the film industry is collectively responsible for encouraging stalking and that no one, including him, could shift blame for this.

Highlighting the skewed narrative in most films, where women stalking men in films are branded as “vamps”, Siddharth tweeted saying it was time the industry had a discussion on what it was promoting.  

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