Ever since the exposure to the glamorous side of cinema, we have been entertained by and have almost experienced ourselves the changing facets of women portrayal in the movies. Let’s take a look at the old and the now modified versions through some iconic roles:
In the old movie D.H.K.M.N., the lead actress (Pooja Bhatt) is shown as a young carefree girl who runs away from her almost crazy silly father, to live life on her own terms. While in the recent movie Piku, the lead (Deepika Padukone) is portrayed as a mature, independent woman who has learnt to bear her ailing father’s tantrums efficiently.
Going back to movies like D.D.L.J., Hum aapke hain kaun, Hum sath sath hain, Maine pyar kiya, Kabhi khushi kabhi ghum, etc. in which women were idealised as the perfect marriage material who always selflessly give in to her family demands. Also, she becomes the sole bearer of the prestige crown of her as well as her in-laws family. Isn’t it all too heavy to digest in the current scenario?
However, a look at the contemporary portrayal of women in films like Queen, 2 states, Pk etc reflects a different and broad mindset. We have Kangana playing a broken bride who boldly sets out to her honeymoon alone, Alia confidently convincing her parents for her guy and such other examples that reflect a changing picture of and perception towards women, especially in the Indian society.
How can we forget the classic Mughal-e-Azam, in which Anarkali (the female lead) is subjugated to death. It’s almost impossible to imagine such tolerance against women in the present times, where women are pictured fighting men and society for herself and her family (remember Anushka in NH10?)
Then there are movies like Mary Kom, Drishayam, Jazbaa, etc. that skilfully showcase the mental as well as physical strength of today’s women. They are no longer afraid to say what they feel right even if it means being rebellious.
The world is interpreting the concept of feminism in different dimensions, however only a few are able to comprehend what it actually stands for. It’s not about women being better than men or women doing what men do. Rather it simply means that let there be freedom to live life as one wants to . There should be no discrimination, biasedness , preconceived notions about any gender, be it male, female or even transgender. If you believe in ‘Live and let live’ , then you are a feminist.
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