We live in times of confusing contradictions. From distant Bangalore, which is topping the list of ‘The World’s Most Dynamic Cities’, and where women and men of the IT universe are making waves, come horrendous stories of mass molestation and abuse in public places. Almost as shocking is the comment of the state’s home minister that “it happens” - girls invite trouble as they “copy the west” in their attire! What can you call such misogyny – shameful, degenerate?
Everywhere, on all shores, we seem to go two steps forward and one step backward on gender inequality. But surely and slowly this is getting balanced out better on Indian cinema screens!
The latest Bollywood blockbuster is an uplifting movie Dangal which celebrates the rise to fame of an extraordinary family and its women wrestlers, medal winners at international level, hailing from a small conservative village in Haryana. This true story is about patriarchal belief in women, about women’s abilities, about women believing in themselves. The movie has exceeded all expectations at the box office.
Recent movies Pink and Parched, underline the right of a woman to her own sexuality and the right to say No. Interestingly, while Pink is based in an urban environment (it could even be Bangalore), Parched explores the minds and desires of women in rural India.
Minister, are you watching?