Freida Pinto: Women Need To Stop Being 'Objectified Or Overly Sexualised In Films'

'You have to break that in a smart but aggressive way."'

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The change towards a more gender-equal world is happening, but for Freida Pinto, progress in Hollywood is far too slow.

The Indian actress, who is a campaigner for the fight to end violence against women, has spoken out once again about the need for film makers to stop objectifying female characters and putting them in over-sexualised roles.

Frieda Pinto at London Fashion Week, September 2016
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"People are still giving in to the idea of the female characters being objectified or overly sexualised in films and it's working, it's because people are habituated in that and you have to break that," she said in an interview with E! News. "You have to break that in a smart but aggressive way."

The Slumdog Millionaire star explained how there are "still not that many strong female characters," something which has heavily influenced her thought-process when it comes to taking on a role.

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"I have played my fair share of characters that I think are kind of not strong enough for me but I've made a decision that no matter how strong or big the role is, it should have an impact, if not I shouldn't, be part of it," she added.

Pinto's comments come after she delivered a rousing feminist speech at the New York premiere of India's Daughter, a documentary which was banned in India, in March, 2015.

"I cannot wait for that day when this generation of women and men finally realizes that claiming to be a feminist is simply asserting that you share the same spiritual and economic value as your male counterparts — as each other," she said.

Pinto's recent thoughts on the film industry's treatment of women also follow a powerful essay recently published by Mila Kunis, who expressed how gender bias is still deeply engrained in the workplace.

"Change is not coming fast enough to help my friends, my peers, or even our children," Kunis wrote. Thanks to an increasing number of Hollywood stars calling out sexist behaviour, a breakthrough is finally being made.

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