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Indian film explores harassment as Bollywood in spotlight

Published on Jan 20, 2013 3:14 PM
 
In this photograph taken late Dec 27, 2012, Indian Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh (centre) poses with actor Arjun Rampal (left) during the launch of the forthcoming Hindi film Inkaar directed by Sudhir Mishra (right) in Mumbai. The film looks at the sensitive topic of sexual harassment in the workplace at a time when Bollywood has come under fire for its portrayal of women, after a fatal gang-rape shocked the nation. -- PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - A new Indian film looks at the sensitive topic of sexual harassment in the workplace at a time when Bollywood has come under fire for its portrayal of women, after a fatal gang-rape shocked the nation.

Inkaar (Denial), a Hindi movie combining crime and romance, explores how a relationship turns sour between Rahul, the alpha male CEO of an advertising agency, and his ambitious protegee Maya, who rises up the company's ranks.

She claims sexual harassment, a charge he flatly denies, and the film develops through a series of flashbacks as the pair tell their story to a social worker looking at the case.

The theme is an unusual one in an industry that has faced fresh criticism for objectifying women as merely skimpily dressed arm candy for a macho hero.

 
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