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Celebrate those women of courage who paved the way for us to demand our freedoms: Actress Shabana Azmi on IWD
The Bollywood actors have been celebrating International Women's Day in their own way. Though they ignore the theme and provide the inputs to improve the lot of marginalized women. They either talk of women-centric movies, roll out praises for women or bash men.

On the eve of International Women's Day, March 8, Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to glorify women and pay tributes to their contributions.

Most interesting and funny was the tweet of film producer Karan Johar @karanjohar, which goes like this: "Women don't need a day to celebrate their power and strength! Men on the other hand just need a tight slap!!! And all will be well..."

Anupam Kher tweeted @AnupamPkher: "I am a sum total of all the women who played a great role in shaping up my life. Thank you. And a very Happy Women's Day. Jai Ho.:)"

While Varun Dhawan @Varun_dvn tweeted: "One lifetime isn't enough to celebrate women. #HappyWomensDay let's try to treat them better cause who runs the world -girls"

Some did a bit of men bashing too. For example, Alia Bhatt @aliaa08 tweeted: "Here's hoping that the monsters of this country, the uneducated, unrealistically shameful men lay off the "flower" this year. #HappyWomensDay We are stronger than people think we are. We are MORE than equal! More power to all the women/girls out there!!! #HappyWomensDay".

In the similar vein Farah Khan @TheFarahKhan tweeted: "For all those dedicating this 1 day to us women, I hav just two words for ul..GET LOST!! ( n that's the milder version)"

The most sensible and pertinent was the tweet by Shabana Azmi @AzmiShabana, which went like this: "To make the world better Women need 2 transform the very notion of power itself so it becomes about sharing not powerful dominating the weak. Do not treat us as Goddesses- treat us as equals... We celebrate those women of courage who paved the way for us to demand our freedoms".

However, there are some film critics who had been slamming the Indian commercial cinema for commodifying women as things have become worse with the trend of item songs catching up. As director Zoya Akhtar had once said, "I think we have regressed in the way women are shown in films today."

Also, another female director, Gauri Shinde had articulated that entertainment industry had always been male-dominated as women have not had the time to step out and get entertained. Moreover, it's more difficult to have a woman lead and bet your money on it, she had said.

Many other actors tweeted just for wishing a Happy International women's Day!

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