"I feel people are becoming less tolerant and more judgmental. Hindi films are meant for entertainment...If people think songs and films are causing an increase in rape, why not first shut Ajanta-Ellora? We are a land of the 'Kamasutra'...let's ban books," said Priyanka.

"Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, and filmmaking is an art... We have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the 'A' certificate, why let children go for it? There's lawlessness here. I feel a filmmaker should just make what he wants to," Priyanka said at the Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here Thursday.

The portrayal of women in Hindi cinema and the viability of item songs are always questioned. She received applause for speaking her mind out on the issue bringing every time that a rape case comes up.

But Priyanka, who backs girl child empowerment via different campaigns, says violation against women will only reduce when "laws will be implemented".

"We have strict laws now, but there's no implementation. There's fearlessness," said the actress, who has grooved to item songs like "Babli badmaash" and "Ram chahe leela".

"Film industry is for entertainment, like music and books. If they are fiction, they should not be taken so seriously. Any form of art must not be made responsible to change society. Films can't change the society, the government leads society and government has to implement laws to bring in change," added the former beauty queen.

(Agencies)

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