Farhan Akhtar

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Farhan Akhtar: 'I can see the change'

Mumbai, March 19 -- Actor-film-maker Farhan Akhtar, who launched a social campaign - MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination) - after the Delhi gang rape on December 16 2012, feels that things are looking up with regards to women's safety in India.    

"I believe change is difficult (to achieve) overnight. All of us are involved in this process at some level and that's great. Most importantly, all of us have become more aware of how acute the problem is and are openly talking about it," says Farhan.    

The 40-year-old actor adds that he is trying his best to work towards raising relevant issues among people. "I will do my best and contribute to create awareness. I am happy that I am part of this change. The issues that MARD addresses - gender equality and respect for women - need every possible avenue and platform," he says.    

The Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) actor believes that in order to find a solution to the problem of crimes against women, citizens need to speak up. "Earlier, only a few sections of the society would talk about harassment, that too in a hush-hush tone. When you have to treat a problem, you have to diagnose it and understand how it needs treatment," he says.

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