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    What do you think about changing of portrayal of women in Bollywood?

    VIPASHA .
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    We all are aware about the changes happen in this environment in this 10 year . And there were several changes has taken place in the entertainment industry also . Bollywood movies have always tried to show women to be weak .In Bollywood movies, it is shown that women marry a man for money and then leave them or kill them. You all must have seen Anil Kapoor and Sridevi movie Judaai which is so popular ,the movie shows how Sridevi sold her husband for money .You all must have seen the Shahid Kapoor movie of Kabir Singh in 2019, he had created a lot of amazing in Bollywood with that but you all saw one thing in it that a woman like this has been shown to be weak in it. A man can do anything on his own strength, he can get his girlfriend to do anything. There is a scene in the movie where Kabir Singh take a knifes and forced another girl to open her clothes. 2 Movie which are hit in Bollywood and the same movie is showing women the week in this way but it is popular even today, it shows that we still have to fight a very big battle and have a big way to go . In Bollywood movies, there will always be a man in a support role with the woman, whether is about the man or about the woman. Movies like Dabangg ,this movie shows how man is protecting society and on one side is Mardaani , it did not get that much support. In the earlier Bollywood movie, it was shown how a woman is completely dependent on her man, how his world revolves around him ,but yes we can say that now time is changing . The picture is being done a little bit correctly, women’s are being shown empowerment but still there are many shortcomings in it, still use a supportive role to show women empowerment.
    There are many movies in Bollywood where it is shown that the women of today are very strong like the English vinglish ,mardaani ,Pink, starring Tapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan, was a progressive and empowering film that dealt with the topic of the consent of women. In this way, now Bollywood movie is starting to poultry the women in right way . it is going somewhere in the right direction, but we cannot say that Bollywood movie has always been shown women right .

    Tanima
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    When we’re talking about Bollywood, we must keep it mind that er are talking about biggest entertainment industry in India. You may find a man without knowing of surrounding but can’t find one completely without Bollywood. It has a huge impact on society.
    But the worst thing is so much impact is being on wrong direction continuously.
    Bollywood portraits women like a sort of perfect beauty, judged and passed by our society. Oops, wearing bikini though, as you know society can’t engulf stories without nudity and then blame heroines again for wearing those. Whatever, it is continuously objectifying women as per their body shape, color and so on.
    Ever listen to the Bollywood songs? If you take ‘gandi baat’, implying that how women should never say no, and if they do that, they must be raped.
    The super famous film ‘Kabir singh’ direct not only hero, assaulting his girlfriend and other female, but it’s seen that a perfect woman should be one who doesn’t blame for unwilling touch, or any other torment and silently accept it.
    Not only in todays, we have some old songs like ‘kabhi kabhi mere dil mai’ which decides that women are not to study , to discover. It’s only men’s work.
    Now if you question what’s wrong with that? They are only story… Just what I said, we’re talking about Bollywood here, it doesn’t portrait reality in stories any more. It can imprint their sexist intentions through the stories as reality.
    So. It’s too necessary now to change it’s direction of stories. Inspiring stories, contains true regulations for future gender equality, should be made. Comparatively better stories which are getting flops due to shortage of direction and producer’s interests, need to be acknowledged.
    And to us, we should focus on banning the films containing those harmful stereotypes. If not, then these films will spread like wildfire and soon engulf our future society. Bollywood is one of those dominant factors which must be changed to make a better way in our society.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    In some bollywood movie women’s are portrayed like they should be beautiful, over dramatic or overreacting in advertising also they portrayed fair and black women comparison. The heroine is always expected to be innocent and confused. She is supposed to be beautiful and submissive. The other kind portrayed is the unbelievable. She must kick the servants and must be in love with money and power, until she meets a poor hardworking guy and you know the rest. Her personality takes a complete U-turn and she becomes submissive and complaint. Women are portrayed as such weak and meek people, I think its pathetic. What happens is girls pick this up at a very early age and try to act in a similar way. In movies like padman they shown how women suffer from menstrual problem. In pink movie also they portrayed women increasing cases. In dangal movie they portrayed women very strongly in that women mainly it shows equality.
    Before in movies females only get side acting roles and very few of them get lead roles. In this recent times women related movies are releasing and then also back to back hit like dangal, neerja and many more. We can also see that in movies if women act do item song and they do it with trending actress then that particular movie gets hit. At old movies we can see that men slaps women that time nobody take stand or says about it. But in this generation movies shows about women successful stories. As we know at recent time women plays vital role to make india proud like chandrayaan-2 .
    Women have mainly played decorative objects in hindi cinema for a long time. Or, even in films where they had important roles, they are more likely to be portrayed as victims or they to torture other women.

    avanti
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    Bollywood movies have since their dawn played an important role in shaping trends and popular practices among the folks of India, particularly the youth. But these movies often reflect a collective mindset of the people in their times. Hence, with changing times the stories and characters keep evolving.
    In old hits like Sita Aur Geeta (1972) or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (1995), women are seen as docile, homely objects who do not make their own choices. In the latter. We clearly see that the woman has no choice or control over selecting a partner. Not only that, but she is coerced into falling in love. And at the end, she is only taken in marriage after her father hands her over to the male lead. This conveys the woman as property of her father and then her husband’s. This thinking was a popular one which is still seen in parts of India.
    Moving over to more recent movies, examples like Kabir Singh (2019), violence is glorified in the name of live, the choices of the female lead completely ignored, with dangerous undertones of sexism and misogyny. In Cocktail (2012) or Mujhse Dosti Karoge (2002) or many similar films with two female leads. there are two types of women portrayed. One: the flamboyant, sensual party girl who is in touch with her sexuality and loves life. The second: the ideal “Indian Girl” who cooks well, does not party or drink, is submissive and studious. And in every one of these movies the second ideal girl always gets the opportunity of winning over the man’s heart. This portrayal not only divides women into narrow categories, but the fact that they exist only for the male gaze and as objects for the male’s pleasure bring India’s patriarchy to the forefront.
    Hence, although the portrayal of women appears to have changed, their purpose still more or less remains for the pleasure of the male lead. This is of course with exceptions to movies like Dangal (2016), Mardaani (2019) and Naam Shabaana (2017), who rise above the sexist tropes and showcase the bravery, independence and abilities of women in various areas.

    Manpreet Singh
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    Indian cinema is almost a century-year-old century-old but the overall role and but overall role and presentation of women in Indian cinema has not improved much. Except for certain movies The Women in Indian cinema are confined to just token roles only to add to the glamorous part of the movies in order to attract the young audience. the kind of treatment that women receive in Indian cinema has played a major role in normalizing many problematic social behaviors which are now considered as normal. this includes harassment stalking and Eve teasing.
    Now, this is not surprising considering the fact that only one director is a woman. The misogynist and sexist theme is a common feature of Indian movies. movies like Kabir Singh received phenomenal success and it is a very disturbing thing. we cannot completely blame the movie directors for this situation because they are ultimately catering to the patriarchal mindsets of society. our audience demands such material so most of the directors are supposed to produce such movies.
    sowing conclusion the whole problem lies with the patriarchal setup of the society. they think that women have only limited roles in society and they must be confined to that. this old thinking needs to be attached and changed with the light of education. Making strict laws and rules would not be solving the root cause of the problem. the problem lies with our thinking and it needs to be addressed quickly. The Indian audience as also a duty to get mature and demand some quality content from the Bollywood directors so that they are forced to rethink their plan in movies.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    Bollywood plays a major role in how society looks at women. Its portrayal of women has Bollywood plays a major role in how society looks at women. Its portrayal of women has led to a lot of patriarchy in India. Back in the 20th-century women were portrayed as obedient and submissive. Women acted as damsels in distress or homemakers. Women in Indian cinema are complementary and supplementary characters to men who are in the lead. In the 70s and 80s, a good woman as portrayed on-screen was shy, decent and always the sufferer. Women who wore “revealing” clothes drink alcohol mainly acted as vamps. Indian cinema also promotes item songs that objectify women. “Item songs” are dance numbers where scantily clad women perform provocative dances to titillate the audience. Bollywood plays a huge role in shaping the mindsets of people. In a huge number of films, it’s shown that women are attacked by goons and the hero comes to rescue. This demonstrates that women are incapable of protecting themselves. In many movies, it is shown that the hero stalks the girl till she falls in love with him. Bollywood also has an age-old sexism problem where the female leads keep on changing but the male leads remain the same. Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Karishma Kapoor are seen as actors of an era and they are still struggling to make a comeback. They are mainly doing women-centric films as prod On the other hand, actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan are seen romancing with women half their age. This is because producers don’t think that old women are bankable. Many women actors are seen to play mothers of much older male actors. Well, what is done is done. As we have realised the problems I hope there will be a better portrayal of women in Indian cinema.

    nehachitroda
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    Recent years have seen a good curve for women in Indian cinema, as now some movies bring out female lead characters or women-oriented movies, like Queen, Chhapaak, Thappad. Now there’s a change, a good one, a positive approach, many support but few are against this still. Women whether in real life or reel life were portrayed back like, dependent on men for each little thing but as times changing people are adopting and evolving towards a positive approach.
    Many movie’s contents were not used to show their portrayal as strong, independent back then. during the start of cinema or mid-era, women were to be rolled for feminist type character or innocent or one who will be always listening to men. In cinemas, directors choose actresses who are beautiful and most importantly the ones who would agree to each thing laid by the heads.
    As society entered the world of modernization the role of women changed. However little has been said about the importance of films in portraying women in shifting roles over different decades and the impact it has on society in general. Contemporary films portray women as more independent, confident and career-oriented, which was last seen during the mid eras. Bollywood is not just about movies and content, but people follow it and imitate some of the things and act and content in reality. So, women should be depicted in a correct and valid way. A lot has evolved in Bollywood in terms of women’s portrayal, We hope it gets changed in a valid manner.

    Vivek Adatia
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    Bollywood- one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world, is one such rare industry that has the power to influence the more than a billion strong population of India. And as the most prominent contemporary of Bollywood has once said, “with great power comes great responsibility.”, it must shoulder this responsibility with immense sensitivity. It must understand and realise that what it shows and present effect the life decision of millions in the country. Having said that, when it comes to portraying its women characters to its audience, one can surely that Bollywood has not fulfilled its responsibility that desirably. It has stereotyped women to be these weak and meek personalities that always need to be saved by someone. The lives of most of these women characters revolved around a male ‘Hero’.

    Besides being shown weak and docile, women in Bollywood have often been the subject of lust for the male characters. The instances of objectification of women in cinema is as frequent as rains in monsoon, because why not, after all she’s “cheez badi hai mast”. This thing can further be exemplified in the fact that a dance performance by a female character is termed as “item” song and we all know quite well that this moniker is more of a transferred epithet than a direct adjective for a song.

    One must agree that with changing times, more and more films are being delivered, that attempt to break these rigid stereotypes. The films where the central character of the film is a female is not such a rare instance nowadays. Many films today have shown that women mean much more to the story than a girl singing and dancing in white saree under a waterfall. They are shown to be strong physically, mentally and emotionally, who are just as much capable of taking tough decisions, challenge the atrocities done to them, take a stand, voice their concerns

    So one can say that Bollywood is trying to break the mould in which its female characters were cast in till now. But it can also be said that it has just scratched the surface yet. Moreover, Bollywood being entirely responsible for such weak handling its female characters is also not true. We must not forget that Bollywood is the mirror to society. It only shows what the society already is. Filmmakers are business people too. They will surely make more of such content that we as consumers consume the most beautiful.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Bollywood is a big part of the Indian entertainment industry Bollywood is evolving by making women as the lead in the film not more as sidekick in the films. Some directors are trying to change people’s mindset of people towards women by making films based on women’s stories. Movies like thappad, Raazi, pink and neerja, Shakuntala etc, dangal was one of the big hit films it shows people are more interested in watching the films like this. Earlier portrayal of women was seen only as beautiful partner of the cool hero in film or for dancing in film for item number, playing the role of innocent, earlier Bollywood never portrayed women as strong, revenge taking, and independent women, but now everything is slowly changing. Actress also wanted to do more roles based on women, some class society is still not ready to accept they are also protesting, for it example during the release of Padmavat of Deepika Padukone was shown as role shown from the royal queen of Rajput family and captures Alauddin khilji so there was a protest by Rajputs because they thought they are showing wrongly portraying the queen in the film. but the movie still released and was a hit. so directors and writers should take the risk and make such films. there is still a lot has to improve we want to see women doing the action in the action movie and I hope it happens soon. Actress such as bhumi pednekar,tapsee pannu, anushka sharma , alia Bhatt has confidently accepted the roles without thinking about whether people like the film or not made the film blockbuster. This kind of film empowers the women and women to feel like they are also valued, appreciated. Bollywood has a long way to go ,a lot is changing and a lot needs to be changed.

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