In this piece, we want to respond to some reviews that have dismissed Chaman Bahar as a film as another version of ‘toxic masculinity’.
French director, Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) can be seen as an epitome of the female gaze.
Female trafficking, rape, and domestic oppression of wives form important narratives in the film. But in a bid to battle patriarchy, the story does not whitewash women, and neither does it hyper-masculinise men.
The genius of Anu Menon’s storytelling is that even while presenting a story about Shakuntala Devi, who was popularly known as the ‘Human Computer’, she attempts to show us the woman behind this math wizard.
Dil Bechara deserves pure emotion. It deserves a celebration of tears, laughter, pain, and joy – it’s a memory that preserves a lost life.
The film’s message of rejoicing in life and love, even in the face of impending death, is bittersweet and poignant.
While everything’s pretty, this Netflix film is as flawed and unrealistic as Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Clueless is rooted in the concept of unapologetic femininity, arguably the most relevant of its themes today.
The short-film is immensely relatable, and talks about women empowerment on grass-root level.
Axone, directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, is a simple story about a group of friends from northeast India who live in Delhi. Their pursuit of trying to cook a special traditional dish, axone, is met with many obstacles on the way.
Kashyap created a flawed everyday woman who draws us into her world, whom we empathise with, but then the plot just fails to hold our attention.
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, Thappad isn’t just a film about domestic violence. It is about everyday male entitlement, that reduces the worth of women in the eyes of their husbands, often to an extent that they end up thinking that they can get away with hitting their wife.