The Role of Women in Films

 

A few months ago, I was seeing a film, which involved a guy chasing a girl (sometimes literally) and asking her for her number, address, and what not. The girl keeps on saying no, and focuses on her studies like the normal human she is. But the boy doesn’t give up. Skipping the pleasantries, the boy and the girl, in the end, get married.

Now, these films do not show the reality of life, as many of you know.

In reality, situations like these hardly ever end well.

Instead of getting married to the boy, the girl has acid thrown on her face for refusing to get married to a certified creep. Instead of leading a happy life, the girl is sold off by her parents for money.

These kind of films do promote a certain level of objectification. They teach people that it’s okay to stare at and pursue a woman endlessly if she’s dressed in shorts and crop tops (like anyone who is normal); it’s okay to randomly stalk and click pictures of a girl even if she has said ‘NO’ many times.

But it’s not. It is not a joke, and it does not end happily.

I see interviews of many film stars, and they always talk about bringing some kind of revolution to the table. But what kind of a revolution do these stars want? Do they want a revolution against women? Or for women?

Many directors and producers claim their films to be ‘real, authentic, and in keeping with reality.’ But it’s not reality to say that women are comfortable with this kind of staring.

Even in songs, the women are dressed in skimpy dresses and dance of in front of a group of men who ‘order’ her to dance. And they’re portrayed as happy. But why are they happy about being objectified?

Here, we arrive at the role of women in films.

Is the role of women only ‘dancing’ to songs which talk about their body? Is the role of women to bend to the will of men? More importantly, if the role of women is that important in these films, is it okay to subject women to objectification?

First, it’s not the films which need a revolution. It is merely the role of women. Bring me a plot where the boy stalks the girl, but instead of falling in love, the girl makes a stand for herself. Make it a thriller, or make it a horror, but don’t subject the actors who are acting to a weak character like that.

Second, there isn’t a revolution needed for singers, but there’s a revolution needed for the kind of songs they write. The kind of songs I hear are truly GHASTLY. They are so vulgar and so demeaning that it is hard to imagine how one could have written a song about the weight of a girl. Not only are you saying that girls who weigh less are more pretty, but you are also objectifying her and her body.

Third, actresses themselves must put a foot down and think about all the young children who will watch and probably learn from the films about what they are and what they are not supposed to do in an uncomfortable situation.

Fourth, if the film industry is unable to move past its obsession with skimpily dressed girls and violent men with absolutely no morals, then maybe there is a need for a revolution where we start producing contemporary films which show the stark reality that many filmmakers refuse to acknowledge.

As a milennial, it’s never okay for me to see these things going on and to see women not getting their due respect. It’s not okay to see that women are being objectified and their roles are being defined by some people who do not even understand the basic struggles of women.

So, till women get their rightful place in the world, I will not stop writing about the daily issues that concern them, and their basic rights which are still being denied to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Happened To Women’s Reservation Bill In India?

When the ‘Modi Wave’ took over India three years back, it resulted in a landslide victory for BJP which formed the government in India. I admit I was also captivated by the image projected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: A new age, a new India free from all the corruption, all the promises about no disappointment, development at a rate faster than any country had ever exhibited. But I was a mere thirteen-year-old kid, with an easily influenced mind. I saw Modi as a powerful leader, who will deliver under any circumstances or pressure. It might have been true too.

B​ut what really impressed me was BJP’s commitment to go ahead with the much delayed promise of reserving seats for women candidates in the Parliament and state assemblies. That was what had made me support BJP (not that I could vote) in the first place.

It’s been three years and nothing has been done for the countless women who want to be a part of Indian politics. There has been no action taken by the Government with regard ​to reserving seats for women. The current number of women in Parliament stands at 61​,​ which is just 11.1%​ of the total of 545​.

And there is hardly any difference in the number of women BJP MPs vis-a-vis the number of women in the previous Congress Government. While Congress had 59 women MPs, BJP has just two more at 61.

 

This is a sad state of affairs.According to BJPs Manifesto, a  ‘Comprehensive scheme to encourage positive attitude amongst families towards the girl child’ must be made. 
​The mindset towards women in politics and other field remains conservative and backward. ​

We are more than halfway into the term for a political party to be in power. The opportunity to do something good for women has almost passed. The literacy rates for girls are still low. The mindset still hasn’t changed. And Indian society is one which is still extremely patriarchal. 
The one thing that the BJP government can feel proud of is the fact that they have started the path toward development, but the pace is too slow. Gender based violence is pushing women out of the public sphere. They no longer feel safe roaming on streets in a male dominated area. 
​BJP has also launched schemes like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. ​This scheme was launched to check the steep fall in the Child Sex Ratio in the country and to promote the idea of education among families with girl children. 

 

For something revolutionary to happen, the mindset towards women must be combated directly through means of law enforcement. We must move towards a brighter and safer India, where every woman can keep her head high, and join politics to directly make a definitive change in our country.