web tv series

New TVF video ‘Girliyapa’ misses the point about lechery

A satire about two women who want to be cat-called falls flat.

If you’re a woman living in India, there’s no doubt you’ve had a fair share of creeps staring you down in the local train, or standing too close at the bus stop, or checking you out shamelessly. And you don’t need to be typically “hot” to feel like a donut at a patisserie.

Which is why it’s surprising that Mallika Dua and Shrishti Shrivastava are getting so riled up about not being leched at in Girliyapa’s first episode, titled Why Should Hot Girls Have All the Fun? The video is a part of The Viral Fever’s new venture that features content centered around and driven by women.

The video features two women who get angry when they find a guy staring at their friend at a coffee shop. They decide to tackle the matter head-on, and this is where the twist lies – they aren’t pissed off at the man for ogling at their friend, they’re pissed off at not being the ones ogled at.

Play
‘Why Should Hot Girls Have All The Fun?’

It is funny and starts off right – two sarcastic women calling out social stereotypes in a sketch that seems like it is aimed at putting the lecher in his place. But it loses the plot very soon.

The women ask the man why he didn’t choose to leer at the two of them instead. They tell him about their dreams of being stalked, followed, whistled at and catcalled. You keep waiting for the setup to lead to an effective and even mildly amusing punchline, but the elaborate joke only disappoints.

One of the two actors in the video is Mallika Dua of Shit People Say: Sarojini Nagar Edition fame. She is hilarious. That she can act and make us laugh was evident, but even with her flawless portrayal of a girl-less-leched-at, this video doesn’t feel right.

Play
‘Shit People Say: Sarojini Nagar Edition’.

I chuckled and even laughed out loud at many points in these short five minutes, but by the end of it, the feminist in me was troubled by the blatant ridicule of feminism and the celebration of lechery. The video has received more positive comments than negative. Those who found it offensive have obviously been asked to lighten up. Maybe that’s the case. Maybe I need to lighten up and see the humour. Maybe it lies in this total inversion of the reality of everyday ogling. But how is ripping on your friend because she is hot, funny?

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Virat Kohli and Ola come together to improve Delhi's air quality

The onus of curbing air-pollution is on citizens as well

A recent study by The Lancet Journal revealed that outdoor pollution was responsible for 6% of the total disease burden in India in 2016. As a thick smog hangs low over Delhi, leaving its residents gasping for air, the pressure is on the government to implement SOS measures to curb the issue as well as introduce long-term measures to improve the air quality of the state. Other major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata should also acknowledge the gravitas of the situation.

The urgency of the air-pollution crisis in the country’s capital is being reflected on social media as well. A recent tweet by Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, urged his fans to do their bit in helping the city fight pollution. Along with the tweet, Kohli shared a video in which he emphasized that curbing pollution is everyone’s responsibility. Apart from advocating collective effort, Virat Kohli’s tweet also urged people to use buses, metros and Ola share to help reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

In the spirit of sharing the responsibility, ride sharing app Ola responded with the following tweet.

To demonstrate its commitment to fight the problem of vehicular pollution and congestion, Ola is launching #ShareWednesdays : For every ​new user who switches to #OlaShare in Delhi, their ride will be free. The offer by Ola that encourages people to share resources serves as an example of mobility solutions that can reduce the damage done by vehicular pollution. This is the fourth leg of Ola’s year-long campaign, #FarakPadtaHai, to raise awareness for congestion and pollution issues and encourage the uptake of shared mobility.

In 2016, WHO disclosed 10 Indian cities that made it on the list of worlds’ most polluted. The situation necessitates us to draw from experiences and best practices around the world to keep a check on air-pollution. For instance, a system of congestion fees which drivers have to pay when entering central urban areas was introduced in Singapore, Oslo and London and has been effective in reducing vehicular-pollution. The concept of “high occupancy vehicle” or car-pool lane, implemented extensively across the US, functions on the principle of moving more people in fewer cars, thereby reducing congestion. The use of public transport to reduce air-pollution is another widely accepted solution resulting in fewer vehicles on the road. Many communities across the world are embracing a culture of sustainable transportation by investing in bike lanes and maintenance of public transport. Even large corporations are doing their bit to reduce vehicular pollution. For instance, as a participant of the Voluntary Traffic Demand Management project in Beijing, Lenovo encourages its employees to adopt green commuting like biking, carpooling or even working from home. 18 companies in Sao Paulo executed a pilot program aimed at reducing congestion by helping people explore options such as staggering their hours, telecommuting or carpooling. After the pilot, drive-alone rates dropped from 45-51% to 27-35%.

It’s the government’s responsibility to ensure that the growth of a country doesn’t compromise the natural environment that sustains it, however, a substantial amount of responsibility also lies on each citizen to lead an environment-friendly lifestyle. Simple lifestyle changes such as being cautious about usage of electricity, using public transport, or choosing locally sourced food can help reduce your carbon footprint, the collective impact of which is great for the environment.

Ola is committed to reducing the impact of vehicular pollution on the environment by enabling and encouraging shared rides and greener mobility. They have also created flat fare zones across Delhi-NCR on Ola Share to make more environment friendly shared rides also more pocket-friendly. To ensure a larger impact, the company also took up initiatives with City Traffic Police departments, colleges, corporate parks and metro rail stations.

Join the fight against air-pollution by using the hashtag #FarakPadtaHai and download Ola to share your next ride.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Ola and not by the Scroll editorial team.