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Kiran Rao has made two 10 second short films that powerfully punch patriarchy as it is practiced in ordinary families in India, and husband Aamir Khan has shared them on Insta.
Kiran Rao is known for her bold yet candid film making style. She was the director of Dhobi Ghat (2010) which unfolded Mumbai life with a subtle artistic style, and instantly grabbed my attention towards Kiran Rao’s powerful storytelling. She, along with Aamir Khan, later produced hard-hitting movies Peepli Live, Delhi Belly and Talaash.
Yes, she has recently made two short films for Facebook India which have already started to make waves in social media. This time she has amazed her fans with her 10-second films, which is a real metamorphosis for the concept of short films in India.
These movies are recieving huge responses in the social media platforms. Her husband Aamir Khan also shared them on Instagram – one here, and the other here – and shared his amazement by posting the movies and said “Kiran has made some 10 seconds films. I didn’t know it was even possible to tell a story in 10 seconds! She has shown me how,” he wrote in his caption.
These two films are not just the usual short films, nor do they have a clumsy concept. They have such powerful themes and a very short time frame of 10 seconds, that can hold anyone’s attention.
Both the films highlights social injustice in a very subtle manner and make us believe in how times have changed and people are ready to fight back.
The first film comes up with the nasty gender discrimination at households where a mother blatantly discriminates between her children on the basis of their gender. But it also brings us to the boy who is ready fight back and bring changes, starting from his own house.
Watch it here.
The second film is all about the idea of stereotyping women as a weaker gender by showing the male domination over women in the form of domestic violence. The film also highlights the sisterhood that a woman can show another woman – in this one the domestic helper advises her employer to raise her voice against the violence by giving her a phone after dialling the police helpline number.
These movies really surprised me, that such strong ideas can be conveyed within a very short time span, raising a voice against multiple disparities and the discrimination that rule our country!
Editor’s note: Aamir Khan has since taken down his Insta posts after his divorce with Kiran Rao. You can watch them here.
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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