Our discussion that spanned over an hour led me to conclude that irrespective of where a woman is born into she is always discriminated against without fail.
Gender stereotypes pass down from generation to generation until they seep into our lives under the cloak of culture. When will this chain end?
Oru Kudum, Chemrantham, Neeye Bhuvin... the 3 songs beautifully showcase the woman protagonist's character arc in The Great Indian Kitchen.
The hypocrisy of different standards for men and women, the social indoctrination of accepting this status quo as normal, boiling down to patriarchy in many homes; that is the essence of this movie.
Men do not want make the effort to understand women as just as human, because they want to go on enjoying the entitlement that they have enjoyed for centuries.
The younger girls openly approve of this, while the older ones are contemplative…perhaps thinking of their own compromises and adjustments, voluntary and involuntary.
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