The Bollywood movie ‘CINDERELLA’ is set to be banned from the Oscars next month, citing a controversial scene in which a transgender character is subjected to brutal violence and rape by an abusive husband.
A number of Bollywood actors and actresses have signed a letter demanding that the Oscar ceremony be moved from January 28 to February 7.
In a letter published by the Indian Express, Bollywood celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Priya Kumari, Anushka Sharma, and Manoj Pancholy urged Oscar organisers to change the date.
In the scene, the character of Mookerjee, a transgender, is raped by her husband and later commits suicide.
The scene was originally to be screened on January 25, but was moved to February 6 in an effort to avoid controversy and to appease the transgender community, according to the letter signed by Akshai Kumar, Anand Kumar, Manohar Parikh, and Amitabhrabh Pant.
The letter also urged that the producers of the film not show the scene at the Oscars.
The producers of ‘Cinder’ said that they had been advised to remove the scene from the film by the Bollywood actor Vikram.
“We had been informed by the producers that the scene had been removed by the producer, Vikram Singh, but now that it is being brought back, we feel that it should be removed from the movie.
It is not the first time we have been faced with this kind of issue, and we have to take it up with our film producers,” a spokesperson for the producer told The Times of India.
“The film ‘Cinders’ is about a transgender woman who, through her life, has faced a very sad and traumatic life.
It touches on her struggle and challenges her, and how her journey through life is shaped by her sexuality.
This issue is not just a personal one, but a national issue, as we have witnessed a number of instances where trans people are killed and tortured by their partners.
We cannot allow that to happen,” he added.
In response to the petition, BHIM, the leading actor-producer association, had asked the producers to withdraw the scene.
“They should have done so when the film was released, but they have not done so yet.
The producer has asked for the film to be withdrawn, as he did not want the film showing the scene to be shown,” a BHIT spokesperson said.
“Bollywood should be proud of the work it does, and should not be afraid of controversy,” added Amitabha Bachchan.
Bollywood’s film industry is expected to reap a profit of around Rs 4,000 crore in 2018, with around 40% of the total revenue coming from the international markets.
But the transgender lobby has called for more stringent action against the industry.
“It is not enough for the industry to accept that transgender people are living in the closet.
They need to acknowledge the reality of the transgender lifestyle and show respect to trans people and their families,” said Arjun Singh, spokesperson for a transgender activist organisation.
“CINDRELLA should be a landmark film, not an embarrassment,” he said.
The actor, who has played the character for over 20 years, has already received support from celebrities including Amitabhlav, Prija Kumari and Priyash Chopra.
“I am going to boycott the film because of the horrific rape scene and the way in which it is presented,” he told The Indian Express.
“That scene, where she is raped, is not very sympathetic.
The movie should have shown that.”
Akshaye Kumar had also joined the call for action against Hollywood’s film business.
“In the past, some people have been so insensitive to transgender people.
It was a moment when you should have said ‘we are all human, you have the right to your gender and sexuality, we are not the only ones who are suffering from violence and violence, so let us work together and come out of this dark world together,'” he told NDTV.
“For me, it is a moment to come out, to go against the film industry.
We have to do this because we are a minority in this country, and it is our duty to fight against it.”
The Indian Film Industry Association (IFIA), an association of over 4,200 film producers, distributors, and exhibitors, has also opposed the move.
“This is a gross violation of the rights of a transgender actor who has worked tirelessly to represent our community,” the IFI told NDtv.
“To use a moment that was set aside for a trans actress is to take away a piece of her identity and make it about one trans actress,” said an IFIA spokesperson.
“Such a move is shameful and is also a reflection of a lack of