Chennai: Noted film director Pa Ranjith has the onus is on women to break the sterotype and move ahead in life.
Participating in the International Women's Day celebrations organised by Neelam, a city-based non-profit organisation -- 'Women in India - Meeting Challenges and Inspiring Positive Change Conference', Ranjith, the man behind the recent hit movie Madras, said 'Women should be given the respect they deserve, be it in cinema field or in real life. Also, only when women break the stereotypes involving their social identity will they gain importance.'
Around 200 students and crew of the movie Madras, who are active members of 'Neelam' were present.Founder-director of Panmai Theatre, Living Smile Vidya said, 'Being a transgender was a sad experience and when I decided to change into a woman, it became even worse.' Founder secretary Neelam, S Muthamizh Kalai Vizhi, MLA Balabharathi, writer Bama, activist Sadananda Mary and poet Sugirtha Rani also spoke.