Anti-Patriarchy Squad : Edition #1
That Sexist Brat of Bollywood
Indian Cinema is more than a century old. The legacy founded by Dada Sahab Phalke continued flourishing in the hands of various brilliant filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Ritwik Ghatak, Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, and etcetera. Woman is that one element of the cinema that has managed to fascinate, quite oddly, both the filmmakers and the audience.
It is no secret that working in films in any form was considered as a contemptible and tawdry profession for women, and actresses were compared to the courtesans.
We are about to bid farewell to 2017, and let us introspect how far have we come. But, have we?
In this first edition of Anti-Patriarchy Squad we are going to talk about a male-macho-super masculine, big brother sort of spoilt superstar of Bollywood. Grandson of a famous singer, this superstar entered the Hindi Cinema in early 1980s and till date he has clearly maintained that the actress’s job is a dirty job. Strangely enough, this superstar’s mother was one of the first superstars of the Indian Cinema and has managed to take the Hindi cinema on a global platform. His father, too, was a gentleman who gave utmost respect to his wife and fellow co-actors.
Talking about our special superstar, well, when his daughter showed interest to join the film industry just like her father and grand parents, his reaction was, well, quite volatile. He strongly reprimanded her and stated that an actress job is well, a dirty job. And, if she joins the industry, he will break her legs. Ouch!
It is not difficult to comprehend how much respect he must be having for the women he has worked with for almost four decades! Sigh!