Bollywood never steps back when it comes to highlighting the most trending proceedings. Indian society and patriarchy go hand in hand. Over the period, the Bollywood industry has been trying to challenge the dominating patriarchy, yet it’s a long race to win. Most of the ace directors and producers have moved their focus toward the ‘WOMAN’. They are no more only celebrating the male protagonist in the movies like before. Let’s take a sneak peek into some of the upcoming movies and existing fine works.
A heart-melting biopic by Meghna Gulzar, starring Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak will be soon knocking our doors. Laxmi Agarwal, a Delhi-based 15 years old girl, had been vandalized by an eve teaser. Right in the daylight, acid was thrown on her. Her entire life came to a pause with this life-changing tragedy. Only her confidence made her fight the conventionalism. She turned her scars into her strength and became one of the renowned social activists.
A Netflix original, Delhi Crime is based on one such event that still gives us goosebumps. 16th December 2012 will never fade from our daunting memories, when the daughter of the Nation, was gang-raped brutally. Nirbhaya’s rape case had undergone a lot of investigation along with trials and tribulations. This web series is focussing on an investigation and series of events that happened to find the culprits.
Period – End of Sentence
Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, Period- End of Sentence, is an Oscar-winning documentary. This short documentary aptly highlights how menstruation is termed as an epidemic in rural India. Lack of hygienic sanitary pads and toilets have led to early deaths and some life-threatening diseases in women. Thus, a small group of women took up the challenge to make sanitary pads under the guidance of Arunachalam Muruganantham. It focuses on normalizing what has been made a taboo in villages.
Pink, a movie by director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury also gained momentum. Taapsee Pannu along with her girlfriends was eve teased by a politician’s son. What’s not a man-in-power can buy? The movie very strongly portrayed the character of Amitabh Bachchan, the lawyer who introduced the concept of consent. No means ‘NO’. The movie highlights the idea of dethroning the man in power and standing up for what is right.
Lipstick Under my Burkha
Directed and written by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under my Burkha was encouraged by the female audience massively. It portrays the need to come out of the box and live freely for yourself. It revolves around the life of four female leads who challenge the norms of society and faced much disgrace. An old widower seeking sexual pleasures (Ratna Pathak), a wife aborting her child time and again as her husband refuses to practice safe intimation (Konkana Sen Sharma), a young college going girl forced to wear burkha (Plabita Borthakur) and lastly, a woman bound to marry against her choice (Aahana Kumar Leela). However, in the end, they found the ultimate resolute in each other.
Another Netflix original, Once Again by Kanwal Sethi, highlights the desire to be loved and cared. Even the struggles of a single mother are outlined in the movie. A middle-aged widowed restaurant owner, Shefali Shah seeks for love in Neeraj Kabi. Her children found it disgraceful and opposed her moves. The movie is trying to polish the fact, that love knows no age limit and it’s never too late to think about yourself.
Well, concluding we can say that Bollywood’s move to exercise the real-life issues is a smart one. We all need to be heard, told and made aware of what’s prevailing in our society.