By Hindustan Times
NEW DELHI, Nov. 14 -- Actor Chitrangda Singh is as upset about street sexual harassment as everyone else is, especially after the Keenan-Reuben murder. She feels the solution to it only lies in education.
"Unless we are able to change the mindset of people on gender equations, women will always be in danger," says the 31-year-old. "It is easier to prove rape than sexual harassment. How do you run down a man for staring at you during a meeting and making you uncomfortable?" she asserts.
Mumbai boys Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes lost their lives while trying to save a female friend from harassment on the night of October 20. Chitrangda says she is no stranger to harassment herself, since she grew up in cities such as Meerut and Delhi. "Uttar Pradesh is the worst place for a woman showing any signs of independence," she says.
"The floating population seems to have reached cosmopolitan metros like Mumbai and Delhi too. Having sold off their land, these newly rich guys are on an aggressive power trip that includes showing a woman her place." Her upcoming film, Sudhir Mishra's Inkaar, whips up a cauldron of such emotions sparked off by ambition and coloured by the power that it brings.
"Today, it's fashionable to be ambitious, it justifies everything, right or wrong. But in the race to the top, you can lose more than you gain, including love, as these two people (characters played by Arjun Rampal and her) realise," Chitrangda points out.
Although ambition is commonplace in show business, the actor describes herself as an 'emotional fool' who let her heart rule over her head when passion and profession overlapped, and took a fouryear break. She's back now with Desi Boyz, her first fullon commercial film. "I thought after eight years I'd try doing a 'masala' movie and my director (Rohit Dhawan) seems happy with my work," she smiles.