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“I moved to Mumbai because of rising crime in Delhi”

Madhur Tankha
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The TV actor will anchor Delhi-specific episodes of a new docu-drama

In a new role:Television actor and politician Smriti Irani in New Delhi on Thursday.Photo: V. Sudershan
In a new role:Television actor and politician Smriti Irani in New Delhi on Thursday.Photo: V. Sudershan

The deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi, particularly rising crime against women in terms of criminal assaults and sexual harassment, was a matter of concern even a decade ago. Television actor Smriti Irani attributes this as the reason for her shifting from the Capital to Mumbai.

“Rising crime was the reason why I moved to Mumbai. I do not want to specifically target Delhi because then it would be construed as making a political statement. But the rising crime against women is due to the deteriorating law and order problem…We have to deliver judgments against the perpetrators of such crimes in a speedy manner,” said TV actor Smriti Irani while steering clear of questions with political connotations during an interaction with the media here on Thursday.

Smriti makes a clear distinction between her role as a television personality and a woman leader of a Right-wing political party. “While politics gives me an opportunity to do something in real life, TV is a reflection of real life. People do not know their rights. They do not know how to approach courts. So it is important to create awareness among them.”

Born and brought up in Delhi, Smriti empathises with the problems faced by Delhiites as the crime rate in the city, which houses the most important symbols of our democracy, is increasing. This was also the reason why she concurred to anchoring the upcoming Delhi-specific episodes of a docu-drama. “As I was raised in Delhi, people identify me with this city. I decided to come on board for the Delhi project because the stories are on real life cases in which the common man used the system to fight against it. The focus will be on rich brats who feel they can get away with anything because they are connected with influential people.”

The actor was evasive when asked whether she would anchor episodes focusing on the worsening law and order problem and crime against women in BJP-ruled States. “I can understand that you are trying to give a political twist to your question,” is all that she had to say.

Admitting that quite often the media is branded as villain as it focuses on controversial issues, the 40-year-old actor said media’s positive role in bringing out stories focusing on the plight of victims in the public domain cannot be underestimated.

Whether vulgarity on the big screen and promiscuous content on the Internet were responsible for the increasing crime against the weaker sex, Smriti shot back: “We must not look for excuses.”

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