Dia Mirza, a Bollywood actress, has spoken out against sexism in the industry. In addition, the actor admitted that her 2001 film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein contains sexist elements. With this film, she made her acting debut.
Dia spoke about living in a patriarchal society and the prevalence of ‘rampant sexism’ in an industry that is ‘largely led by men’. She said that she has worked with people who were a part of sexist cinema.
“People were writing, thinking and making sexist cinema and I was a part of these stories… Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein has sexism in it… I was acting with these people. I was working with these people. It’s crazy. I will give you small examples. A makeup artist could only be a man, could not be a woman. A hairdresser only had to be a woman… When I started working in films there were at best about four or five women on any given crew with a unit strength of over 120… sometimes 180 people,” she told Brut India.
“We live in a patriarchal society and it is an industry largely led by men. So there is a rampant sexism. And I think for a large part it is not even conscious sexism because there are so many men who are writers, who are directors, who are actors, who are not even aware of their sexist thinking,” she added.
“We live in a patriarchal society, and men dominate the business. As a result, misogyny is rampant. And I believe that for the most part, it isn’t even conscious sexism, because there are so many men who write, lead, and act who aren’t even aware of their sexist thinking “she continued.