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A reader writes why we all must just go out today and watch Angry Indian Goddesses- because it's real.
A reader writes why we all must just go out today and watch Angry Indian Goddesses- because it’s real.
Finally! A desi answer to The sisterhood of The Travelling Pants, and what an answer it is! The Angry Indian Goddesses ( TAIG) is shamelessly a chick flick in its highest and purest form. It isn’t fluff and it’s not a Pyjama party. Pan Nalin has gone where no man has gone before ( at least not in a desi movie)
While there may have been attempts at female bonding( a la Queen ) earlier on celluloid, none dared to delve this deep.
Right! Let’s get down to it. The movie starts out in an almost documentary like fashion, in that it is raw, honest and uninhibited in form and character. No larger than life locales, sets and no pancake. Just clear scrubbed faces, houses that have paint peeling off its walls and are one with the environment. So much so that one scene has a cow wandering into the house! How much more desi can you get?
The women in the film are all people you and me have met in our lives and are around us at home and in the workplace. When they speak, they don’t mouth scripted dialogue. They merely converse, like you and I would. They emote with a rawness that is real.
So why watch TAIG?
For one, there are no wooden one dimensional characters. Even the obligatory prejudiced almost mysogynistic cop under played ably by Adil Hussain serves to voice the Indian male perspective, in the scenario.
Go for the performances, that range from stellar ( Anushka and Rajshri) to splendid ( Amrit and Sandhya).Watch the movie to vicariously discover yourself or help someone else to do the same.
Catch the movie if you want to be surprised….literally! The twists in the plot blow you away and are as unexpected as they are integral to furthering the story.
A word of caution, though…while the movie is topical in that it touches on issues of article 377 and environmental laws being flouted, it skirts these topics without delving too deeply into them. My guess…they weren’t the focus of the director to begin with.However the movie makes no apologies for being real.
Go watch the movie for a well thought out screenplay and characterisation.
It would have been really easy for Pavleen’s ( aka Pam) character and Rajshri’s character ( Lakshmi ) to lapse into caricature. However they are rescued from that fate by the genius of direction and script. So while Pammi, starts out as a Diva Trophy wife, she is slowly revealed to us as a sensitive intelligent soul trapped in loveless, obligatory marriage. And Lakshmi’s large comic sunglasses, and oiled hair tight in a braid, with a flower neatly tucked behind her ear, is amusing at the outset, eventually the layers to her personality emerge.
The end of the movie although bollywoodesque is forgivable, simple because when the message is so powerful, who cares?
TAIG is a gritty tale of brave Indian women in a society at the cusp of modernity and tradition and it isn’t just a struggle in our minds anymore, and isn’t just our mothers voices in our heads anymore…it is the inherent dichotomy of our existence neatly packaged in a brilliant watchable movie. So go with the women in your life to share experiences or better still the men in your life as well, so they may view things from the female perspective.
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Neha is a Professor of Mass Communication. An erstwhile Copywriter and Corporate communications specialist, she is an an avid reader, editor of all that she reads, part time writer, full time friend and gym junkie. read more...
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I wanted to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting 'win' moments.
My daughter turned eight years old in January, and among the various gifts she received from friends and family was an absolutely beautiful personal journal for self-growth. A few days ago, she was exploring the pages when she found a section for writing a letter to her future self. She found this intriguing and began jotting down her thoughts animatedly.
My curiosity piqued and she could sense it immediately. She assured me that she would show me the letter soon, and lo behold, she kept her word.
I glanced at her words, expecting to see a mention of her parents in the first sentence. But, to my utter delight, the first thing she had written about was her AMBITION. Yes, the caps here are intentional because I want to scream with excitement that my daughter chose to write about her ambition and aspirations over everything else first. To me, this was one of those parenting ‘win’ moments.
Uorfi Javed has been making waves through social media, and is often the target of trolls. So who and what exactly is this intriguing young woman?
Uorfi Javed (no relation to Javed Akhtar) is a name that crops up in my news feeds every now and again. It is usually because she got trolled for being in some or other ‘daring’ outfit and then posting those images on social media. If I were asked, I would not be able to name a single other reason why she is famous. I am told that she is an actor but I would have no frankly no clue about her body of work (pun wholly unintended).
So is Urfi Javed (or Uorfi Javed as she prefers) famous only for being famous? How does she impact the cause of feminism by permitting herself to be objectified, trolled, reviled?
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