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Misogyny And Its Love Hate Relationship With Bollywood

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I was sitting at home on a warm Sunday afternoon, with a cup of strong black coffee and a book I have been wanting to finish for quite a while. Mohammad Rafi’s Mausam Bada Baeeman Hai was playing in the background. Despite sitting with the book for a while now, I could not move beyond the one particular page. The reason suddenly struck me, it was the way the song was portraying a certain relationship between the two leads. While the song as a stand alone is quite a lovely one, the lyrics have a haunting underlying significance to them. The songs, not all, but most of them, reeks of misogyny.

In the past, there have been very few movies where women are portrayed as the protagonist. Even the few that are present are riddled with gender biases and rarely have a holistic character sketch to their name. Features like occupation, tradition and introduction of the female character are also done in a very bigoted manner, making it evident the woman in question is of no real importance to the story. Misogyny and Bollywood have always had a love hate relationship, with facts being converted to fiction for the large sake of entertainment.

Random age gaps, comments passed with complete abandon and equality is more often than not just completely tossed out of the window with Bollywood. The Casting Couch is considered to be a myth not a lot of people want to accept and it has, over the years, become the Big Bad Wolf of Tinsel Town. Our B’wood movies love the idea of glorifying everything that is wrong with the world. Our celebrities have claimed to put in a lot of effort into making the world a better place through their corporate social activities. However, what they fail to realise is the simple fact that they have a larger social responsibility through their movies than through the social work.

From eve teasing to stalking to marrying someone who has wronged you, we have learnt that if you (the man, in this case) try enough, then everything works in your favour. Since the beginning of Bollywood cinema, the norm for Bollywood actresses was to be a silent part of the system or risk being seen as ‘inconvenient’ if she speaks out about issues related to gender and objectification while playing glamorous roles on celluloid.

I remember just after the Nirbhaya case, a popular television network had called upon a panel of actors and actresses to address the issue of on screen representation. At one point during this debate, Priyanka Chopra had gone at length to define “item songs” and the showcasing of female body parts as a feminist movement. Shabana Azmi countered by pointing out a simple fact choice was one thing and flaunting your body for the male gaze quite another. Mrs. Azmi was perhaps one of the first actresses in the industry to recognise the subtle and not so subtle relationships sent through popular cinema. She also realised the need to direct messages and send them out in a positive manner. Ironically, Mrs. Azmi was the first woman in the industry to show off her figure or wear flimsy clothes for the camera.

It is not just the roles which have typecast women in a certain manner. Even the lyrics, which we all still enjoy, have a very strong negative connotation. In fact, the Bollywood eve teaser’s anthem should be Palat from the movie Tu Mera Hero. With poignant symbolism and derogatory remarks, the misogyny is extremely apparent in almost all the movies. While the actresses of days gone by did not want to make an issue about this, women from our time have said enough is enough.

Remember Karan Johar’s and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s major rift a while ago? It happened because the actress dared to ask for the same amount of money as the actor and clearly this did not fly well with our esteemed KJo. While there are other directors now who say there are more women centric films, the issue of male dominance is still prevalent. India, as a society is more flexible towards the male gender and Bollywood, has reinforced this fact rather than dispelling it.

Time and time again, we have been told by men, whether subtly or directly, that they are the ones holding all the power. When shown something visually, especially in the form of a movie, it reinforces traditions which we need to shed at one point or another. The time is now and the time is here to stop these misconceptions. It is the 21st century, a time where equality is celebrated and not frowned upon. It is a time where women are allowed to call out a director for his derogatory remarks and it is also the time for women to not be shown cracking eggs on their stomachs to make fried eggs.

Showing women as the weaker gender has to stop. Bollywood must reduce the age gap as well as the wage gap. Women have stopped putting up with this form inequality and it is quite the right time to stop this misrepresentation of the ways of the world. Wake up, Bollywood, you are about a decade old with your scripts and we, as an audience, are quite tired of the misogyny.

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Super 30 Banking Big In It’s First Week

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Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 has completed its first week at the box office and has remained unaffected by any new releases this weekend.  According to a report released by Boxofficeindia.com, the film has managed to earn Rs. 4.25 crore on its eighth day and has managed a total collection of Rs. 80.36 crore.  Film critic Taran Adarsh predicts, the film will enter the prestigious 100 crore club by the end of its second week. 

 

Super 30,garnered the love of y critics and audiences and has been declared tax free in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This decision was welcomed by everyone in the country.

 

This Vikas Bahl directorial is inspired from the real life story of Patna based mathematician Anand Kumar,  who started a prestigious program for training 30 underprivileged students for the highly competitive IIT-JEE. he struggles and hardships of Anand Kumar are depicted in this film. It stars Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar who shed his superstar image in order to play a deglamorized role.

We congratulate team Super 30, for its successful run at the box office.

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Revelation About Her Personal Life

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha is all busy promoting her upcoming movie Khandaani Shafakhana and during the promotions, on a chat show the actress revealed little information about her personal life. 

 

SInha, who is known for keeping her personal life under wraps, recently revealed that she has dated a celebrity in the past and managed to keep it away from  public attention. When asked about her views on dating a celebrity from movie industry, Sonakshi said “I have dated a celebrity and the world doesn’t know.” 

 

Further, talking about her parents opinion about her marriage, she added “My parents want me to date a susheel ladka and no one from the Bollywood film industry is like that.”

 

On the work front, the actress is very busy these days with her movie Khandaani Shafakhana, a comedy movie directed by Shilpi Dasgupta. The film stars Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah, Varun Sharma and Annu Kapoor in pivotal roles. It follows Sonakshi Sinha as Babita Bedi a happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl who can do anything for her family.  Khandaani Shafakhana is set to hit the big screen on August 2nd 2019.

 

Sonakshi Sinha will also be seen in Mission Mangal which is all set to release on August 15 2019  The film is loosely based on the story of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and their contribution to the Mars Orbiter Mission. 

 

Who do you think has Sonakshi Sinha dated? Comment below and let us know. 

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Panipat – Kriti Sanon’s Role Details Out

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Kriti Sanon is all set for her first venture into the period drama genre with the film Panipat.  The details of her role in Panipat were recently revealed.  Kriti Sanon will portray the role of Parvati Bai, who was the second wife of Sadashiv Rao.  In the movie, Parvati Bai is a physician, who falls in love with Sadashiv Rao, played by Arjun Kapoor.

 

While speaking about her role, Sanon said,  “My knowledge of history is terrible since I have never been fond of the subject. So for me, every word about the Battle of Panipat came from Ashu (Ashutosh) sir. Not too much is documented about Parvati Bai, so the character was built by Ashu sir in the way he visualised her. We had an amazing experience of finding the character. It’s a completely new world for me. Being a North Indian, it is a challenge to play a Marathi character, but Ashu Sir made it easy and very enjoyable.”

 

Sanon’s co star Arjun Kapoor made news for going bald and losing weight to prepare for his role as the Maratha warrior.  This will also be Kapoor’s first period film and will see Kapoor and Sanon sharing screen space for the first time.

 

Panipat is a historical film based on the third battle of Panipat.  Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles.  The movie is slated to release on December 6th 2019.

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Bollywood Celebrities In World’s Most Admired List

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According to an annual report released by YouGov, a UK based market research company, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone are the most admired Indian actor and actress in the world.

 

Big B, who was also a part of the World’s Most Admired list last year, fell down 3 ranks and is at the 12th spot in 2019.  Accompanying Big B are two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Salman Khan. SRK and Salman, who are both new entrants to the list, are ranked 16th and 18th respectively. 

 

Indian actresses shone in the Top 20 Most Admired Women’s list, with actresses Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan making the cut.  Deepika was ranked 13th and was followed by Priyanka Chopra in the 14th position. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was ranked 16th, 5 spots below her position last year. Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen was ranked 17th.

 

The list was released by YouGov, which gathered a panel of people from across 41 countries and took open ended nominations by asking the panelists “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”  Based on the list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations, YouGov then conducted a poll. The respondents were asked two questions—“Who do you truly admire?” and “Who do you MOST admire?” To answer the first question, the participants were allowed to make multiple selections.  For the second question, the participants could pick only one name. According to the data collected by the survey, a list of the top 20 most admired men and top 20 most admired women was made.

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Mission Mangal Trailer Out Now

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The trailer of the much anticipated Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal is out now and it looks amazing.

 

The makers, after teasing the trailer launch for quite some time, finally launched it with much fanfare in Mumbai on July 18th.  The producer and lead of the movie, Akshay Kumar, took to Twitter to announce the launch of the trailer. “Yeh sirf ek kahaani nahi balki ek misaal hai us namumkin sapne ki jise mumkin kiya India ne #MissionMangalTrailer out now” his tweet read.

 

The 3 minute trailer begins with Akshay Kumar’s voice, “There is no science without experiment.”  The trailer introduces us to a group of scientists from different backgrounds and their determination to launch the Mars Orbiter Mission.

 

In an earlier tweet, Akshay revealed, the real reason behind him choosing to work on Mission Mangal is to familiarise his daughter with the incredible story of India’s mission to Mars. 

 

The tweet read “For several years, Hollywood made movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, Gravity etc. This inspired an entire generation of inventors, scientists and explorers. I have always wanted to be part of one such movie… A movie that inspires our future generations… One that celebrates imagination and curiosity. Mission Mangal is that film for me… A film that I hope will inspire as much as it will entertain. Based on the incredible true story of India’s mission to Mars, Mission Mangal is a film about ordinary people achieving the extraordinary… A story that proves that creativity, ideas and dreams have no limit… just like the sky! This Independence Day, the sky is not the limit”

 

Mission Mangal is loosely based on the story of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and their contribution to the Mars Orbiter Mission.  The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and H.G. Dattatreya as the leads. The film is directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by R. Balki, Akshay Kumar and Fox Star Studios.

 

Mission Mangal is all set to release on August 15th 2019 and will clash with the John Abraham starrer Batla House and the Prabhas starrer Saaho

 

What are your thoughts about the trailer of Mission Mangal?  Comment below and let us know.

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