If 2015 is anyone’s year – it is Deepika’s. Rather than the men entering into drool-fests, this year has seen more women swooning over her – thanks to her mature choices of everything she has said, done and endorsed for women. And her titular role in Piku, that released in theaters today, is no different. Adding to the new crop of women-centric Bollywood films, here’s how Piku defines a real woman, and has female audiences in hoots everywhere:
1. She is the Fabled Multi-Tasking Superwoman:
She had said in an interview, that this film will have a whole different appeal to working women. And word on the street is, that she was dead right. She’s seen leading dual, nay- triple, no- quadruple lives in the film, what with managing her job, running a household and all the mindless struggles that come with it, keeping an eccentric dad as close to sanity as humanly possible for him, and in the few seconds she has left, looking for love. But she does the juggling act effortlessly, and loves the cards she has been dealt.
2. Reverses the rusty Son-supports-ageing-father stereotype:
Her little world is just she and her father. Dysfunctional it may be, but it is the kind of relationship that feels like fizzy cola filling the empty spaces between stacked ice cubes. complete, secure and content. She is the son that will support his parents in their old age, except- she’s a woman, stays woman-ous, goes about her life fulfilling her woman-ly goals in a woman-esque manner. She doesn’t put on a macho act to overcompensate. That’s leaves the audience unable to remember why they would ever put a son as a default in the old-age equation in the first place. She handles her father’s “motions” and emotions like it’s no(s)on’s business.
3. …And Also the “Prince on a White Horse” Trope:
Utterly de-glammed and rustic herself, she’s not kidding herself or anyone that a prince on a white horse is around the corner. She realizes that it is a fantasy, and an unfair fantasy- at that. A man can ride a noisy bellowing cab to her and make her wait a little in the process owing to monstrous Calcutta traffic, and that doesn’t make him anything less than the man of her dreams.
4. She is shown to be an “emotionally and sexually independent woman”:
Somewhat jokingly, daddy-bachchan in a last resort kind of disposition describes DeePiku with the above words, to throw off suitors ravenously eyeing his little girl, as he saw it. What’s amazing is that the film, knowingly or unknowlingly broke that bubble of taboos, awkwardness and denial around an Indian’s sexuality – and especially an Indian woman’s. An Indian father just came to terms with his daughter’s Freudian tendencies, and established that she is entitled to her own sexual decisions. Do you see the little revolution that just played out? It was glorious.
Reports Binjal Shah.