Women’s Day comes every year, but one question that was doing the rounds among women this year was, ‘Do I deserve to be respected only on Women’s Day and be vulnerable to rape on other days?’ Thanks to Leslee Udwin, who made every woman in the country realise that she should fight for her right.
With the same thought in mind, actress Sonia Deepti along with Tamada team decided to come up with a video titled Respect doesn’t stop @ 9, that started getting popular on women’s day. It aimed to make viewers realise that just because a woman is doing something that is considered to be unacceptable by the society, doesn’t mean she deserves to be raped.
Sonia who debuted with her performance as Shravs in Happy Days in 2007 made the video in response to the BBC documentary India’s Daughter. Sonia Deepti also acted in the video.
Rahul Tamada, who founded Tamada Media says, “The kind of response that the documentary generated made us brainstorm and come up with the idea. Nine other team members worked along with me on it for four days and it was uploaded on YouTube on Women’s Day.” The message they wanted to pass on to the viewers was “women wearing short clothes and doing something that society thinks women should not do, doesn’t mean that she deserves to be raped. She still has to be respected,” informs Rahul. The video shows girl smoking, dressing up and clicking selfies pouting, failing at house hold chores, drinking, eating pan, hugging her male friend in public, waking up late that ends with a message that she still doesn’t deserve to be raped.
The video generated strong response not only from common public but also from Bollywood and Tollywood film fraternity.
Maverick filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted, “Woman shud hv as much freedom as a man to live life the way she wants to live. I luv this short film for depicting that,” followed by, “Most beautiful statement from a woman about women... all the repressed politicians and moral upholders should see.” Amitabh Bachchan and Manchu Manoj also appreciated the video. “A friend sent me this short reflection” and “Most beautiful statement of a woman about women” respectively. “We were elated to see the response and it has also inspired us to come up with much more videos like this,” beams Rahul.
Rahul founded Tamada Media along with Saideep Reddy and his wife Ambica Tamada that produces videos under Runway Studios. It has 500 short films and other videos till date