The rise of feminine power in movies

Neerja Bhanot’s biopic in 2016 showcased the underestimated feminine power of an ordinary flight attendant who not only saved the lives of passengers on board, but also sacrificed her life defending the terrorists. Not only the audience loved the movie, but also applauded the story and the performance. The recent movies like ‘Pink’, ‘Naam Shabana’ , ‘Phillauri’ were all about the various shades of feminine spirit. Some were courageous, lovable, unsung and some even waiting for love after life. Bollywood has definitely started recognizing the role of feminine power in movies.

Priyanka Chopra as Mary Kom in the sports biopic

An actress is no longer an oppressed victim or an eye candy. She is a fearless hero in herself who can overshadow even a celebrated star. It is not that Bollywood hasn’t made women-centric movies. There are countless movies dedicated to feminine spirit. Classic movies like ‘Pakeezah’, Sujata’, ‘Mera Saaya’, ‘Sharmilee’, ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ were testimony to the several faces of womanhood. The 90’s movie – Damini directed by Rajkumar Santoshi was a cult movie which highlighted the struggle of a woman to seek justice for her maid who was brutally raped. Since 90’s movies were all stuffed with item songs, action and comedy, there was no place for woman oriented cinema.

Neerja showcased the extraordinary courage of an ordinary girl

Yashraj Films gave a new lease of life to feminine power with the sports movie – Chak de featuring Shahrukh Khan as coach for women hockey team. Inspired by a true story, Chak de India recognized the unsung power of femininity. Not just movies, but even television has shown some of the inspiring serials. In late 80’s, actress Kavita Chaudhary came up with an inspiring TV show – Udaan which was based on life of Kiran Bedi, the courageous female cop. Even Rajni, a popular TV show on Doordarshan was based on an ordinary house wife who solves the issues happening in society. The 2011 movie – Dirty Picture exposed the dirty side of cinema and the story of an actress who will go to any lengths to find her mark in the movie world. This movie was based on Silk, a forgotten actress of South movies. Though Dirty Picture was a successful at box-office, the bold theme was not meant for family audience.

Phillauri was an entertaining movie focused around a ghost bride

In today’s society, a stud is admired for his flamboyant skills, but the same admiration doesn’t apply for a tomboy natured girl who has too many male colleagues in her social circle. She is labeled as a slut. What a low-leveled mindset of today’s society !! The movie Pink highlighted the dark truth of today’s 21st century women and how they are subjected to molestation, verbal harassment if they don’t agree to the lusty demands of spoilt aristocratic boys. Pink was a hard hitting movie highlighting the plight of girls staying in Delhi. The upcoming movie – Maatr will see actress Raveena Tandon as an avenger seeking vengeance on the people responsible for raping and killing her daughter. The 1998 movie – Dushman starring Kajol was based on Hollywood movie – Eye for an Eye. A brilliant projection of feminine spirit, it showed Kajol avenging the death of her twin sister who is killed by a psychopath. Other woman oriented movies like Chandni Bar, Astitva, Satta were topical and highlighted the struggle of woman for her identity. It is not that woman oriented movies have to be just serious. It can be a rom-com too. Movies like Aisha, Jab we Met, Hasee toh Phasee showed the jovial side of femininity. The Sonam Kapoor starrer – Aisha was based on Jane Austen’s best-selling novel – Emma, a match maker who ends up messing the lives of her friends by choosing a wrong partner for them and confusion erupts.

Naam Shabana is story of a undercover field agent

Now the dynamics of movie making has changed recently. Movies like ‘No one killed Jessica’, ‘Piku’, ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Highway’, ‘Neerja’, ‘Fashion’, ‘Mary Kom’ , ‘Mardaani’, ‘Akira’, ‘NH10’ have strong content focusing on female power. The recently released movie – Naam Shabana is loosely inspired on life of a real field agent. Even the romantic comedy ‘Phillauri’ featuring Anushka Sharma as the ghost bride is winning the hearts of audiences’ worldwide. The upcoming movies – Maatr, Noor, Mom, Begum Jaan are all topical showcasing the different strength of women coming from various walks of life.

Sonakshi Sinha will be portraying role of an aspiring journalist in upcoming movie – Noor

Bollywood is all geared to come up with more topical movies which will not only be entertaining, but also focus on the feminine power that was trampled by egoistic masculine star power. There will be a time when audience won’t need any Dabanng hero anymore. A powerful story will be enough to attract the audience to theatres.

Pink – The new colour of courage

If a stylishly attired girl joins a gang of boys for drinks does it means she is of low morale? If a woman is in live in relationship with a man does it mean she is degraded? Mingling freely with boys doesn’t indicate that she is ready for any sinful act. The 2016 motion picture – Pink highlights the cynical mindset of masculine gender towards female race. Pink is not just a colour representing femininity, it is the symbol of undying spirit of feminine courage. Through movie ‘Pink’, we see the ugly picture of today’s western minded society which only sees female as weak species on whom they can pounce anytime and satisfy their sexual hunger. The backdrop of movie Pink is based in our nation’s capital – Delhi which is unsafe place especially for women. Not to forget the horrifying incident of Nirbhaya in 2012 which has questioned the safety of women in India. Three young working women join a gang of boys for a drink at a private resort. Little do they realize that one of the boys seeks an opportunity to forcibly get intimate with one of the girls. The girl protests against this forced assault and fatally wounds the boy. The three girls escape from the resort.

The 2016 motion picture Pink is a courtroom drama that raises more questions than the issues addressed

The 2016 motion picture Pink is a courtroom drama that raises more questions than the issues addressed

The next day, all the three girls are wrongly framed as prostitutes by the wounded boy who turns out be a son of a high profile politician. Minal Arora, one of the girls who had fatally wounded the politician’s son is brutally molested and imprisoned in jail for attempt of murder. No lawyer is ready to defend their case until a retired lawyer Deepak Sehgal (played brilliantly by Amitabh Bachchan) takes the case and fights a war of words in the court that questions the modesty and character of three innocent girls. The three girls are brought to tears and emotional outrage by the opposition lawyer and they are even questioned on personal front – caste, relationship and abilities.

The court room scenes in Pink compel to sit up and take notice of today’s westernized youngsters especially boys who have a wrong impression that if a girl can mingle with them, then she can even sex with them. If boy sports a stylish outfit he is a dude, but if a girl wears a short skirt, she is low character. Many a times, a girl in fashionable skirt becomes a topic of hot discussion among the boys who gaze at her lustily. Who is to blame? The girl in short skirt or the boys with lusty mindset. If a girl refuses to forceable advances of a guy, then the ‘no’ is ‘no’. No one even force a call girl for sexual desires if she is not willing. Sadly for today’s sexually charged men, women are just objects of desires. In such instances, a girl should never join boys for a treat or drink. She should never talk freely with men. If a man has flirtatious relationships with several women then he is a stud and if a woman has couple of male colleagues then she is regarded as a care free slut.

The movie ‘Pink’ raises more questions than the issues addressed. Though the three girls win the case in the climax, the emotional trauma that they undergo for being a woman becomes the biggest fault. Be it a school, home or a corporate office, a woman is lustily looked down as sexual object by relatives, neighbors, friends or a boss. Majority of sexual violence happen behind the closed doors of home. The so-called white collared relatives are the notorious culprit who sexually assault on teenage girls. Even the popular talk show host Ophray Winfrey had admitted that she was a victim of molestation. For those who think Pink is just a weak color, then it is time to change the mindset of the sick society and show them that any woman – be a corporate working person, servant, labour or a sweeper has rights to live her life as per terms. She is ‘Mardaani’ – the brave successor of feminine courage. Pink is now the new color of courage.