'Films are to entertain, not preach'

KIRRON KHER may be supporting a campaign against eve teasing -an Indian euphemism for mild forms of sexual harassment on the streets but the Bollywood actor feels films are only meant for entertainment and not for spreading social messages.

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Published: Tue 29 Apr 2008, 1:32 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:46 PM

'Films are meant to entertain people, not preach social messages. Art films are best left to do that,' Kher, who is also a theatre personality, told IANS in her ever frank and vivacious manner.

In the capital of India to felicitate young women achievers in diverse fields, Kher said that it was however important that celebrities take up issues of social importance and talk about them because they have a great influence on the masses' opinion.

'People look up to celebrities and public figures. Therefore it is their responsibility to take up social issues and talk about them because they have the capability to change people's opinions and attitudes,' she said.

'For my part, I am already a part of the programme called 'Ladli' which campaigns for the girl child. And now, on an invitation by the ministry of women and child development, I have pledged my support to the campaign against eve teasing,' she said. Although at this age I would love to get eve teased!' Kher, who is middle aged, quickly added and laughed.

A brilliant actor, Kher made her debut in a Punjabi film, 'Asra Pyar Da', in 1983 and earned rave reviews for her performance. She was given a National Film Award for her role in the film 'Sardari Begum' in 1997 and the National Film Award for best actress for the Bengali film 'Bariwali' in 2000.

She was also awarded the IIFA best supporting actress award for her role in the film 'Devdas' in 2003 and the Bronze Leopard award at the Locarno International Film festival for her role in 'Khamosh Pani' in the same year.

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