Rushati Mukherjee was a campus reporter for t2-The Telegraph, and has written for Hindustan Times and Kindle, the literary magazine. She has blogged for the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival and the Kolkata Literature Festival and regularly conducts interviews of authors, poets and activists on her blog, Spiktinot. She is currently a student of Jadavpur University, pursuing an MA in English.
India boasts of the oldest and among the farthest-reaching set of affirmative action policies, enshrined within the constitution, created for the purpose of tackling caste-based discrimination and generations of injustice. Despite this, the goal of the annihilation of caste is far from being actualised.
Over the past two decades, many Bollywood films that have been hailed as women empowerment movies. But are these movies actually giving us powerful female protagonists, or just a reiteration of gender roles through male protagonists?