The actress had a long interaction with Pathan during the filming of The Sholay Girl. Asked about the changes she noticed from the 70s era to present time, Bidita told IANS here: "Undoubtedly, there is an awareness and consciousness in men's behaviour but that is not enough."
"While the constant conversation on gender equality has given voice to many women, aspire many to follow their dreams and know their rights, we need to practice it to continue to bring the change, only talk' and information on our rights' don't help. It is just the first step," she explained.
Bidita said even though earlier there was no #MeToo movement to create collective consciousness in terms of a safer workplace for women, Pathan had to handle propositioning in a much more diplomatic way as compared to the present time.
"Now, we can say things loud and clear when we are harassed and humiliated at our workplace. It is great that the mindset is changing in society and men have changed their approach towards women, but that is only happening in the urban setup," she said.
Taking the reference of the Oscar-winning India-set film "Period. End of Sentence", she said: "We are still living in a country where girls are stopped to
get access to basic education when they hit their puberty. We have a long way to go to fix these basics."
Images: Bidita Bag on Instagram