Hindi cinema is making fast strides towards progress by starting to give females more screen space and more nuanced characters. It should keep up with itself by giving them a more decisive voice as well, sometimes quite literally so.
New themes, non-standard dialects, non-conventional faces and non-Brahminical ways of life will find more prominence in the movies and caste will be more pronounced in the storyline. Kabali, starring superstar Rajinikanth, is a film in the same direction.
The impact of movies on real-life violence against women has come into sharp focus once again, due to the views aired by Justice Kirubakaran in Madras High Court, along with the police statement that Infosys techie Swathi’s murder-accused Ramkumar seems to have been “carried away” by movies which “highlight stalking.”
The film industry is definitely changing its ways of depicting female characters on screen, but in many eyes that change is slow and selective. So slow that we must celebrate the mere spotting of a "strong female lead”. And that is the idea behind Queens OnScreen. That the heroine is just as badass as the hero. That she doesn’t need to talk, dress or behave in a particular way to win hearts.
Rape culture not only flourishes, but is also actively propagated in films like Sultan.
Choppy, murky, untethered and raw- that's precisely what the narrative of Udta Punjab boils down to.
Udta Punjab is many things, and it manages to mostly balance all of them. It's a PSA on drugs. It's an indictment of corruption and greed. It's the exploration of a hypermasculine, violent, misogynistic culture.
Discussions about Hindi films that place women at the center of their story are incomplete without speaking of how women in the audience receive them.
Sairat traces the links between the regressive social laws of the Indian society in the lives of men and women in love.
In short, Ki & Ka is definitely not worth your time.