What is incredibly heartening is the depiction of women, and men, in commercial Bollywood cinema that is moving away from gender binaries fed to us for so long.
Wrapping the year up with some feminist films to feel good about 2018, here are some picks from various regional languages to catch up on before the year ends.
The plot of Rajma Chawal is painful, if not pathetic. The story, undoubtedly has an offensive, misogynist and sexist sense of humour.
The only part of the HeForShe campaign the Lux Golden Rose Awards seem to have focused on is accentuating men’s role, while eliminating the cause completely.
As the title 'Zero' suggests, disability here is taken as a deficit or shortcoming. With the same undercurrent it continues to perpetuate the age old stereotypes relating to disability.
These films ignited a healthy conversation around positive sexuality by exploring sexual desires of women and portraying refreshing takes on masculinity.
It is not uncommon in Bollywood horror films to equate the act of ‘being possessed’ to the gender stereotypes about women being weaker and hence falling victims to external forces.
Rituparno Ghosh set out to erase the lines of what defined ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’. He used cinema with its expansive outreach and potential to impact actual changes in the society.
Pariyerum Perumal is a fervent portrayal of caste-ridden society in which the dominant caste groups unleash acts of victimisation, exploitation and humiliation against the Dalits.
Based on a study by Oxfam India, FII created a series of four short videos, focusing on different aspects of Indian cinema, and how they reinforce patriarchy in various forms.