Indian cinema has just completed, self proclaimed, so called glorious hundred years. But for a right thinking person, it will be very taxing to see a Bollywood movie, if one has a sense of regard for women. Surprisingly, all the feminists are also silent on the wrong projection.
In Chennai Express, film, the loafer type hero (Shah Rukh Khan), finally gets a girl (Deepika Padukone) which belongs to a very affluent family and highly educated. Of course, film producer and director have a right and freedom to make what they want. But the reality that Indian films show woman in such a manner, will saddened all. And more shockingly, film broke all the earnings’ records.
In the movie Kuch Kuch Hota hai, the role of the heroine, Kajol is excellent and superb but entire credit for the success is given to Shah Rukh Khan although his role is very ordinary and cannot be said impressive or excellent.
In Dabang , entire credit of film’s success is given to the hero Salman Khan, although role of the heroine Sonakshi Sinha is much more impressive than Salman Khan. In three idiots the heroine of the film Kareena Kapoor is shown running around the rogue and duffer hero, Aamir Khan.
It is clear that the mindset of Indians have not changed. Indian men’s inexplicable love to show women as inferior object cannot be challenged. Now they must forsake their artificial superiority and celebrate the freedom of women and give them equal status.
In Bollywood, most of the heroes are old, sick, wrinkled and involved in murky things but their heroines are as young as 20 to 25 years category. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol etc., are in late fifties or sixties but their heroines like Anuksha Sharma, Ketrina Kif, Sonakshi Siha, Kangna, Priyanka Chopra, Parneeti Chopra are in only twenties, means younger by around fifteen to twenty years. Even then these heroines are treated as inferior object than these old and wrinkled heroes.
That aside, it is very clear that Bollywood would never change its mindset and would talk a bold, liberal, stance, when it comes to women. Even if a producer or director dared to do, the box office, comprising a very traditional, old-fashioned
Indian audience, would reject it severely.
Heroines are paid much less, their names figure after heroes and retired at an early age. Very beautiful, charming, charismatic, brilliant and talented heroines like Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Maneesha Koirala, Kareena Kapoor, Tabuu etc., are almost rejected and retired by Bollywood although they are much younger and charming than the popular hero of today like Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan.
Most deplorable part of Bollywood movies is the use of very reputed and popular actress as item dancers or in large number of movies, women actresses have to shed their clothes and to expose themselves, to add sex spices in movies. Bollywood is carrying forward the patriarchal type of social order.
Recently released film ‘Queen’ has not only contradicts the male dominated bastion, it has also razed old box office expectations. The film has given a very strong message for the feminist movement, women’s empowerment and women’s equality. She rejects man and conventional role of woman, to get married and become a child manufacturing factory.
Queen is based on a conservative Punjabi Hindu girl living in Delhi. Shockingly, like most Indian girls, she is unaware of her maturity, protected and restricted life. She is happy in this life. Her only wish is to get married, with lots of traditional fun and dance. She is happily ready to accept the commands of her father or husband for life’s decisions-like, joining a college or taking up a job.
One fateful day, Rani decided to go alone, for a honeymoon type fun trip to Paris and Amsterdam to forget the pain of a life without any individual freedom and space. On her trip, she makes friends with a free-spirited girl, and shares a room with three male travelers, all of different nationalities. This was her first and but appalling exposure to a free society—a world, without any question about any individuals sexual relationships and career choice also puzzled her in the beginning she accepted it as a new opening.
All her new friends of new world were fairly lost in this world and were not so well off and unsettled. They were just opposite to the likeness of Indian parents but they were happy in their free world. Their lives became a new lesson for Rani to stand up as a free woman and become a Queen for herself. Now she rejects the man, the protective male dominated parentage and males controlled customs and traditions.
By the Indian standard and Bollywood, the film has a vastly exceptional and feminist type approach and ending but audience liked and appreciated it. The film has given many messages. First, women are trapped. In the name of love, care and protection make them a family prisoner in the name of safety, ethics, tradition and values. We do not allow any free space to her. We need a slave in form of a good daughter, good sister, good wife or good mother. In the civilized west women have choices and space. Every Indian girl needs a voyage of self-discovery like Rani.
The film has given a message to ghettoized Indians to take goodies of west and forget our caste and religion based absurd theatre of secularism and quota justice. We should open our mind to open world, let a girl try out few relationships before she settles down. She should be unchained. Dating, drinks and modern cloths should not be a taboo. We need to free our women for a dazzling and joyful life. All Indian girls needs to awaken and respect our hidden Queen.