"how do you become responsible for the way they deal with that rejection?"
Bollywood actor Abhay Deol has slammed his own film Raanjhanaa for its regressive message.
Lately, the actor has been expressing his views on the industry, award shows and how everything works due to lobbying.
Now, he has criticised his 2013 film Raanjhanaa which was directed by Aanand L Rai and starred Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja.
Abhay shared a long message written by a social media user who stated that the film is regressive.
The user spoke about the scene where a girl is being blamed for not reciprocating the feelings the same way the man does for her.
In the film, Abhay played Jasjeet, Sonam’s boyfriend whom she lies to her family, hiding the fact that he is Punjabi.
Throughout the film, Dhanush’s character has a one-sided love for Sonam and in one scene, he threatens to slit his wrist if she does not reciprocate feelings for him.
The social media user explained: “This scene does feel real though. Men who love the same woman, either fight over her or bond over their mutual betrayal.
“We have all heard and maybe even said things like ‘Her love made him a Devdas’.
“There are so many people who face heartbreak and don’t turn self-destructive.
“If you reject someone, why or how do you become responsible for the way they deal with that rejection? How a person deals with a heartbreak speaks less of the person who couldn’t love them back or even how deeply they felt for that person and more about what that heartbroken individual is made up of.”
On Abhay’s character, she added: “Jasjeet sits beside a man who stalked his girlfriend for so long, threatened to slit her wrist if she doesn’t reciprocate, sabotaged their wedding, got him almost killed and he very conveniently puts the blame for all it on the lady he claims to love.
“What was Zoya’s fault? Yes, she made a very silly plan of faking her boyfriend’s religion but didn’t Jasjeet agree to go along with it?
“Yes, she could have been more upfront about her refusal to Kundan but when from the very beginning was he ever considerate or respectful to her consent?”
This prompted Abhay Deol to share the message and criticise the film, saying that it glorifies sexual harassment.
He said: “Such clear and valid insight from @oldschoolrebel9 regarding the film Raanjhanaa.
“History will not look kindly at this film for its regressive message. It’s been a theme in Bollywood for decades, where a boy can (and should), pursue a girl until she relents.
“Only in cinema does she do that willfully. In reality, we have seen time and again that it leads to sexual violence of some sort.”
“Glorifying it on-screen only leads to blaming the victim, as @oldschoolrebel9 explains it so brilliantly.
“Please do take time out to read her observations in the pics above.”
Many of Abhay’s followers praised the actor for his opinion and some criticised filmmakers for glorifying sexual harassment in their films.