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Body image, violence against women, women and time – here comes this edition of the Women’s Web Pick Of The Week. Happy Reading!
“…when we replace doing the things we love with doing the things we believe must get done, most of us don’t end up happier as a result.” Thoughts on women and how we may be sabotaging our free time.
Being fat, feeling pretty, self-doubt and its shadow on relationships: Heather Ryan shares her experiences with dating and finding love.
“…after six weeks of Gender class and many hours of reading and thinking about what the female body meant, I found it easy enough to judge a woman on the basis of physical appearance alone.” Dhiya K reflects on her own reactions to female models at a fashion show.
Our movies and violence against women: A wordless post by Aarathi. (Hat tip: Towards Harmony)
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction”. Thoughts on Virginia Woolf’s writing.
Can one be respectful of a child’s preferences while teaching her to eat better? Chandrima has an excellent post on picky eater Vs. acquired taste.
“How to make TV channels see that the word ‘breast’ is not dangerous and they don’t need to bleep it out?” Annie Zaidi writes on the fear of the female body.
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
When Jaya Bachchan speaks her mind in public she is often accused of being brusque and even abrasive. Can we think of her prodigious talent and all the bitter pills she has had to swallow over the years?
A couple of days ago, a short clip of a 1998 interview of Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced on social media. In this episode of the Simi Grewal chat show, at about the 23-minute mark, Jaya lists her husband’s priorities: one, parents, two kids, then wife. Then she corrects herself: his profession – and perhaps someone else – ranks above her as a wife.
Amitabh looks visibly uncomfortable at this unstated but unambiguous reference to his rather well-publicised affair with co-star Rekha back in the day.
Watching the classic film Abhimaan some years ago, one scene really stayed with me. It was something Brajeshwarlal (David’s character) says in troubled tones during the song tere mere milan ki yeh raina. He says something to the effect that Uma (Jaya Bhaduri’s character) is more talented than Subir (Amitabh Bachchan’s character) and that this was a problem since society teaches us that men are superior to women.
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