Through Charulata, Ray's filmmaking shows that the 'female' gaze is not about the reversal of the 'male gaze' or everyday stereotypes about women or having female film-makers, but about a truthful reflection of how a woman in whatever context sees the world around her.
As much as I love to watch these movies with the same enthusiasm as any Tamil cinema fan, I always feel let down when our heroes make unforgivable misogynistic statements to reinforce their vain macho image.
While 'Brittany Runs a Marathon' is a sincere attempt to tackle diet culture and fatphobia, it panders to the fat to fit inspiration culture that it wants to destroy.
Released in 1978, Aval Appadithan is a vocal social commentary on women’s liberation and values within Tamil society.
Directed by veteran film director Tapan Sinha, Adalat O Ekti Meye, which released in the early 80’s spoke of rape and its aftermath on the life of a young female school teacher.
Movies have always helped start a complex conversation on issues like caste,and made its complexities slightly easier to believe and swallow.
To everyone who knows Telugu cinema only from Set Max dubbed movies, these movies will offer a more wholesome introduction to patriarchy, sexism and the resistance.
Though Asha Jaoar Majhe showcases an egalitarian scenario where house work is shared by both the partners in the relationship equally. But it is also important to point out how the film subtly depicts the gendered division of working hours
The women in Kumabalangi Nights are essential to the script, taking the story forward and ushering in the climax. And yet, we come to know them only through the narrative arcs of the male protagonists.
The trailer of the Pati Patni Aur Woh normalizes and trivializes marital rape, giving it an unjustified legitimacy through a deeply problematic dialogue.