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Based on Prayaag Akbar's novel of the same name, Leila, the new Netflix series is set in a dystopian world where misogyny rules and caste matters. (Sounds familiar?)
Based on Prayaag Akbar’s novel of the same name, Leila, the new Netflix series is set in a dystopian world where misogyny rules and caste matters. (Sounds familiar?)
Deepa Mehta is an all-time favourite of many, not only for her films but also for her thought-provoking words and ideas. She is well-known for her Elements trilogy namely, Fire released in 1996, Earth released in 1998 and Water released in 2005.
After a short gap she is back in the limelight as a co-director for Leila, the latest Netflix original series from India which will be aired on Friday, 14th June. This series is all about extremely right-wing ideologies that are prevalent and an oppressive regime that segregates society.
The six-part series is based on Prayaag Akbar’s novel of the same name, which revolves around the search of Shalini Pathak Rizwan (played by Huma Qureshi) for her daughter who was taken away from her years ago.
I always adore Mehta’s films for the absolute craftsmanship where she tries to explore women in every situation of life and place them perfectly. Ranging from homosexuality to patriarchy, to communal strife, to misogyny, to ill-treatment of widows, her films have explored women in a most courageous way.
In an interview with the Indian Express, Deepa Mehta says, “It’s boring to have stories of women if they don’t interest everyone. Good stories should touch everyone. Humanitarian stories are far more important than just talking about gender.” She adds, “The novel was picked up by Netflix soon after it came out. They looked around to see who can do justice to its adaptation as a short series and contacted my agent in Los Angeles…This was interesting since I got to set the tone for the series. What is great is that I was an integral part of the casting. For me, that’s extremely important. I fell in love with Huma and the rest is history.” The cast of Leila includes Seema Biswas, Rahul Khanna and Siddharth.
This Netflix original series has a futuristic setting that talks about many current issues including the caste divide, air pollution and water crisis. The series attempts to question the misogynistic practices that women characters are made to go through such as “purity tests” and how they are subjugated.
It will be a jarring series to reveal the disparities in society through its futuristic story telling. As a woman, I yearn for such movies or portrayal of gender misogyny to give women the power to choose – that is where empowerment belongs.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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