Mardaani has done well. Surely everybody worked hard and deserve all their success. Child trafficking as their leitmotif hits hard and in the right places. The film team is also promoting public awareness. All very nice.
My question is regarding the children, mostly young girls acting in the film. Can the movie safely issue a statement ‘no children were emotionally traumatized during the making of the film?’ There was obscenity in the film. there was nudity, there were scenes, if I had a young daughter however talented, I wouldn’t want her to act in. Yet there are parents such as these who have peddled their children in the Bollywood industry. An industry known to have a dark underbelly.
Was there trafficking during the making of this film? Is my question. Who are these children acting out explicit scenes of prostitution? How were the children’s portfolios made? How were they auditioned? How were preferences made? What was the level of desperation for a big Bollywood role?
Given the way the Bollywood machinery works this allegation will be easily subverted.
Still the issue of artistic hygiene remains. And integrity. If I make a hit film about honesty does it matter that I stole money to make the film?
Hatari, a wildlife classic and my all time childhood favorite starts with an actual sequence of a big game hunt. So what? The world remembers it for the cute baby elephant song.
Animals were harmed during the making of the film. But does it matter?
The film is a hit!