Are they angry enough?
The Salman frenzy of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is just about over. Before the Shah Rukh fever spreads across multiplexes, Angry Indian Goddesses finds a short gap to make an impact in the Khan-less times of Indian Cinema. However brashly it may try to scream, will it be heard? That is the question. How many will watch the movie? How many know that a bunch of people have put in their time, effort and heart into something they hope will make a difference? People believe that ‘time will tell’. But will this attempt get the time it deserves?
In a minuscule effort to do my bit and support the cause, I’d highly recommend this film. Every woman must watch it to see whether she can see herself in any of the characters. I thanked my husband after watching the film and he was confused as to why. I said I was glad I didn’t identify with any of those characters completely thanks to him. Let me not get into details of marital bliss here. The point is, every man needs to watch the film to see what a woman goes through when she is not handled with care.
It would be unfair to call this a film and let it go through what other films do. This is not about 100 crores or rave reviews or people dub smashing its dialogues and songs. Angry Indian Goddesses is an effort to show us the mirror. It doesn’t say anything new or hatke. All of us have had discussions like the girls before. All of us have said things we hear in the film. All of us know girls like these in our lives. All of us go through this or witness such incidents everyday. Not many get angry and try to change things.
The Angry Indian Goddesses make statement after statement about our society, the way females are treated, the way they are looked at, the way they behave, how that behavior is (mis)interpreted, how they are portrayed in cinema, what they go through and how they deal with it. It is not a morcha by a group of protesting women. It is a beautifully woven tale of seven women told through one experience in their lives. Of course there are many more categories of women but the maker chose to tell these stories to put his point across. It doesn’t say women are the best. It, in fact, shows the bitchy side. It doesn’t say women are doodh se dhula hua. It does, in fact, show that we have our vices too. It doesn’t say we’re oppressed. It shows us that we can fight back. It doesn’t say women are better or superior. It just says that even women are as human as the other sex.
There is a scene in the film where the girls talk about Madhureeta’s (Anushka Manchanda) popular songs and how she’s the talk of Bollywood. She casually says that she sings many other songs too but it’s just the Bollywood songs that people know. That pretty much sums up the fate of this film too. It’ll come and go. Few people will watch, write about it, tweet about it, feel charged up for a bit and then? People will go and book their tickets for Dilwale. Guilty as charged.
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