Actress Sharmila Tagore today said that content on the small screen is still stereotypical about women as they are mostly shown in kitchen dynamics. Sharmila, 69, said that none of the female protagonist on the small-screen shows are working irrespective of their modern settings.
"Content of TV is stereotypical. Their shows still
revolve around son preference and kitchen dynamics. No women
go for work. There is a complete absence of working women from
TV. Today, every women is doing job and managing her family
too. Women should be portrayed intelligently in today's time,"
Sharmila said here.
Sharmila and her actress daughter Soha Ali Khan were in
the city to lend support to veteran playwright Feroz
Abbas Khan for his new TV show Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon,
to be telecast on Doordarshan from March 8.
"I have watched the two episodes of the show and I am
impressed with it. So, I decided to support the show. I can
see a lot of research done by Feroz, who is my good friend. I
have seen all his work right from Tumhari Amrita. Feroz
has always been very committed towards his craft," Sharmila
Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon, conceived by the
Population Foundation of India (PFI), will address practices
such as sex selection, early marriage, early and repeated
pregnancies and domestic violence in Indian society.
Soha said that male actors too should lend their weight
behind women-centric shows because they can create much
difference in a patriarchal society.
"I will also tell bhai (Saif Ali Khan) and Kareena
(Kapoor) to support shows like this because I feel a male
voice brings much change in our patriarchal society. I
personally believe that I have been a privileged girl child. I
had the liberty to choose my career and partner," Soha said.
Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon is based on the concept of
popular South African TV series Soul City. The series
mirrors the real-life stories of social and development
challenges faced by poor communities everywhere in the