This dialogue of the film Sonchidiya crosses the heart amidst a hail of bullets in the rugged – "woman's caste is different".
The woman dacoit Phulia speaks to the alleged upper caste Indumati (Bhumi Pednekar), who is running among the dacoits of the Chambal in an attempt to save the rape victim Dalit girl when Indumati gets trapped between two groups of dacoits who are separated – belong to different castes.
Equipped with guns, but like a helpless flower, it is telling that even in a society divided among the upper castes, woman is at the bottom.
In the year 2019, there have been many such Hindi films which were seen trying to show the attitude of the woman. At the same time, many films left uncomfortable questions.
The film Kabir Singh, which came in the year 2019, can be considered a 'descriptor' film.
There was a lot of applause for the film, but there were allegations that it was a film that demeans women.
For example, there is a scene in the film where the hero Kabir Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is hurt in love, asks a girl to undress at the tip of a knife. Girl's no means nothing to him.
If his girlfriend's scarf slides slightly, he orders her to cover it.
He has no hesitation in saying to his girlfriend that "People in college know you only because you are a prisoner of Kabir Singh".
Kabir Singh takes the heroine with him without asking his consent, touches, kisses, kills him.
Even more disturbing is that the girl does not even care.
In the film, such a girl was not given any voice or rights. All the emotions, love, anger, outrage are parts of the hero of the film.
Her 'captive' is like a closed, clumsy doll. The opposite of the film Gully Boy's heroine Sapina (Alia).
Gully Boy's Aliya
Galli Boy's Saphina (Alia) keeps her point clear, shouts at not getting the right, sometimes becomes uncontrollable.
But Saphina knows what she wants and what she doesn't.
In a scene, Alia jealously shoots a bottle at the head of Ranveer's female friend (Kalki).
Only for a moment, there seems to be madness with a little bit of Kabir Singh in it, but she is also embarrassed for it.
In this film of Zoya Akhtar, the story revolves around Ranveer Singh, but the film's director Zoya Akhtar has given Alia her own identity.
How many such scenes are seen in films where the heroine of the film assures the hero that you fulfill your dream, I am there to earn money.
Talking about gender, this year, Unnao and Hyderabad had cases of rape. Her glimpse appeared in the film article 15.
'Do you understand rape, child?' In the film article 15, a young police officer (Ayushman Khurana) is trying to convince a 15-16 year old girl that her brother raped a girl of 'lower caste' and now he has committed suicide.
Film article 15 may be shown from the eyes of hero Ayushman Khurana but it can be called a gender sensitive film.
IIt felt like when I saw a girl
One of the most astonishing films of the year was Shail Chopra Dhar's 'Ik Girl Dekha Toh Aisa Laga'.
Many films have been made on homosexuals, but few in India have been able to show the love story of two girls in mainstream cinema.
The film may not have earned much, but Sonam Kapoor has tried to break the narrative by playing a lesbian girl.
The writer of the film is Ghazal Dhaliwal, who has decided to travel from a boy to a girl in real life.
In 2019, there were only a few films where the whole narrator revolves around women, not around men.
Director Tusshar Hiranandani's film 'Sand Ki Aankh' was one such film on the real story of two shooters of 80-80 years of age.
However, the decision to replace two young heroines (Taapsee and Bhoomi) with older actresses in the role of Dadi again sparked the debate that there are few opportunities for the best but aged actresses in India.
Actor as well as director
Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi was an important film on female characters.
It was directed by directors Radha Krishna and Kangana together, which also led to a lot of controversy.
There are very few actresses in Hindi cinema who have done both acting and direction as compared to men.
For example, Shobhana Samarth who launched both her daughters Nutan and Tanuja. Some other names like Nandita Das, Aparna Sena, Konkona Sen are in this list.
How many films did women make?
Talking about women directors, in 2019, some films were made by women – Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy), The Sky Is Pink (Sonali Bose), Ik Girl Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (Shelly Chopra Dhar), Khandani Shafakhana (Shilpi) Dasgupta), Motichur Chaknachur (Debmitra).
However, in the sensitivity required for gender, Hindi films still have a long way to go.
Otherwise, Akshay Kumar's big commercial film like Housefull 4 does not have such dialogues – which did not fill the tender of gender (sarcasm on homosexuality).
Or in the trailer of husband and wife, this dialogue does not happen – if we ask for sex from wife, then we beggar, wife is denied sex, then we are tyrannical and somehow juggling to get sex from her, then rapist too.
How easily the dialogue gets out of mocking the Marital Rape. The same rape, which section 375 has tried to talk about many aspects related to it.
However, this dialogue had to be removed after opposition from the people, which would not have been possible a few years ago.
The year 2020 starts with the film Chhapak, which has suffered an acid attack, which sets some hopes.
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