The topic of feminism is quite famous, it is widely discussed and talked about. Everyone appears to have views on the various aspects of how women should live their lives. Bollywood, which is generally considered a male dominated industry has, in the past few years, produced some films which strongly support the idea of feminism. These films are path breaking and argue that a woman’s life is not centered around the men.
The title of the film itself is the name of the protagonist, who is a female. The film features a working woman, Piku in a metropolis who is financially independent and runs her home.The subject of matrimony is well taken up in the film. In our society, the marriage of daughters is one of the main concerns of the parents whereas Piku’s father is not at all troubled about getting his daughter married soon. For him,‘marriage without purpose is a low IQ decision.’ He is alright with his daughter not being a virgin. He wants to get her care and support which is usually expected from the sons of our society.
The title ‘Queen’ absolutely suits the story and content of the film.The film celebrates womanhood. The film shows a Delhi based girl, Rani who decides to go on a solo honeymoon after her marriage is called off. In her sojourn from Delhi to honeymoon destination Paris and back to Delhi again, she rediscovers herself, gains self-confidence and finally says no to the guy who has rejected her earlier. Rani’s parents are shown to be supportive, they adhere to Rani’s decision of rediscovering herself and gaining self-confidence.
English Vinglish tells us about the will and determination of a woman to learn English. Sridevi, the lead in the film portrays a timid and under confident middle class housewife who gains confidence and self respect when she moves out of the confines of the home. She is disrespected by her well-educated husband and daughter as she can’t speak or understand English. She decides to enroll in a English speaking course and transforms herself to stop the mockery from her husband and daughter due to her inability to understand English.
Angry Young Goddesses
In this movie, we see an ensemble cast of female actors. The film gives the essence of female bonding which is crisp and refreshing to Indian cinema. As people are well acquainted with male bonding in films but women are usually shown to be competing with each other. The title says ‘angry’, women are shown to be furious, who know how to fight for their rights. It is a film featuring realistic stories about genuine women with actual problems existing in the society.
Bollywood is fabulously influential in a country like India where its craze is sky touching. If more such films come out where women are not objectified, spreading the message of women empowerment then we are likely to see a shift in the mindset, attitudes and beliefs of people. We definitely need more such films to break the stereotypes which have been prevalent forever.