The idea of the monologue was suggested by the National-award winning actor Amitabh Bachchan, and he wrote the monologue too.
Rumi Jaffery’s courtroom thriller Chehre, boasting of a terrific cast headlined by Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, was released in theatres today. The film is garnering mixed opinions for the threadbare plot. But on the other hand, the film is in news for its record-breaking eight-minute monologue delivered by the senior Bachchan.
The climax of the thriller has the Black actor render a stirring eight-minute monologue on the major concern of rising violence against women. And it is safe to say that the scene is the turning point of the thriller, tipping over and taking off to a different dimension in the narrative from there. Producer Anand Pandit spoke to Subhash K Jha of SpotboyE on the significance of the monologue in terms of the plot. Reflecting on it, he revealed that it was Amitabh Bachchan’s idea to heighten the debate on the heinous crimes against women and the burning issue of women’s safety, to make it universally relatable. “And he was right,” added Anand.
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Going on to the biggest revelation, Anand Pandit said that the Dadasaheb Phalke award-winning actor penned the monologue himself, performing the scene in a single take at the end of which everyone at the set applauded him. Anand said that the makers have now decided to have that eight-minute monologue as a primer video to spread awareness on women’s safety. He explained that it will be distributed free of cost to the organisations working for the safety of women and ‘devoted to creating a safe environment for women.’
The Pink actor, who took on the grave issue of women’s safety squarely in the compelling Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury directorial, has voiced his concern for sexual violence against women. Back in 2016, he told Subhash K Jha that for real change to happen, one needs to ‘change the mindset of our countrymen’ who commit such abominable crimes. He had concluded by saying that people must be educated to further ‘respect, equality without discrimination.’
Meanwhile, the legendary actor has made news for not charging a single rupee for doing the film.
Chehre also stars Rhea Chakraborty, Krystle D’Souza, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Siddanth Kapoor, Annu Kapoor and Raghubir Yadav in key roles.