Actress Rasika Dugal feels that both in cinema and society, we are in a reactionary phase as far as the conversation on gender is concerned. “So, from having no parts for women in cinema, we now have heroic ones. These films are often called ‘women-centric’ films. That might not be an indicator of true change.(…)
Richa Chadha’s dream of becoming a producer has finally come true with the release of her short film Khoon Aali Chithi. This 15-minute-long film is an innocent love story set against the backdrop of the turmoil in Punjab in the early 90s. “I want to encourage young people to come forward and take charge. We(…)
It’s great to see that commercial cinema in India has accepted some wonderful movies with female lead characters. But much before these free speaking women of today stepped into Bollywood, there were actresses who delivered some power packed performances and didn’t accept being side chick. Jaya Bhaduri/Bachchan worked in many such movies which were female(…)
“As society changes, so too will our films” Javed Akhtar said, while speaking about the changing role of women in Bollywood on a panel discussion at the Zee Jaipur Literature festival. In a conversation with Rachel Dwyer, a professor of Indian cultures at SOAS UK, Akhtar said India women don’t have to portray the ‘perfect’ in(…)
Fashion director for Vogue India, stylist and creative consultant Anaita Shroff Adajania is a one of the stalwarts of the Indian fashion industry. One of India’s foremost film stylists, she began her styling career when most people didn’t know what styling was. Bollywood first took notice of her when she styled Dhoom 2 but it was(…)
Shakti Mohan — a dancer and reality TV judge — has voiced her angst against what many of us have faced at some point in our lives but couldn’t protest. She posted a hard-hitting note on FB to encourage victims of body shaming to stop behaving like victims and be themselves.
Meghna Gulzar is an ace writer and director, though she will always be known as the daughter of legendary poet and writer Gulzar saab. That is how patriarchy functions, without us even realising it. She has made some really cool movies and documentaries that present the gender case, a woman’s situation in a very detailed(…)