In the backdrop of the growing outrage against the gang-rape of a 22 year-old student in Delhi, megastar Amitabh Bachchan today said violence against women should be strongly spoken against and put down with.
In his address at the concluding day of the 10th Chennai International Film Festival here, Bachchan also stressed for the importance of treating the fairer sex with equality and dignity.
Fifty per cent of the population is women. They should be treated with equality and dignity...violence against women should be strongly spoken against and put down', he said. Bachchan showered praise on South Indian film fraternity and hailed its discipline and organised way of working.
He said many in Hindi cinema were popular all over the world, but South Indian cinema is an integral part of it. Tracing 100 years of Indian cinema, he said it (cinema) was once not a vocation appreciated by many and his parents had vetted the movies he wanted to watch in his childhood days.
Bachchan hailed cinema as a medium bringing together various walks of life and said audience never asked about the caste, creed or religion of those on-screen.
He announced Rs 11 lakh as his contributions. Earlier, he started off with greeting the crowd in Tamil and spoke a few lines which was received by a huge applause.