Talent knows no Gender!Oct 16, 2018
There are many career paths that are dominated by men in India. Factors such as societal pressures, narrow mindsets and in many cases plain fear dominate the root causes for the gender divide across professions. Right from sports to driving taxis, women still have a difficult time in establishing a stable career when compared to men.
This being the case, the world of films does not lag behind either.
Apart from female actors, the technical side of films is still male-dominated. Most of the top music directors, cinematographers, sound designers, scriptwriters, etc are men. Even as many women are struggling to break this stereotype, it is delightful to see that female directors are making waves in the film industry.
As the captains of the ship, these directors are showing the world that there is no gender when it comes to talent. Plus, they are making it easier for other women to dream about and pursue careers in films.
It takes guts to break glass ceilings and it takes even more courage to make hard-hitting films. Let us take a look at some female directors in Bollywood who have made the country turn and look at not just their gender but at their bold films too.
Mira Nair is one of the most well-known female directors in India and she is a prominent voice. She has been one of the main people who challenged various stereotypes in Bollywood. Her films such as Kama Sutra, Children of a Desired Sex and India Cabaret have all dealt with sensitive and bold topics such as sex, sensuality and the status of women in present society.
Long before the debate for Section 377 took place, Deepa Mehta made a film called Fire in 1996.
Dealing with the suppressed sexualities of women in India, the film was light years ahead of its time and made heads turn. This Indian-born Canadian filmmaker was lauded by a niche section of the audience for its honest approach towards lesbianism in India.
Of course, how the film enraged a certain section of people and made them turn violent is a topic for another day.
Aruna Raje is a director who was written off in her time for her movie Rihaee. The movie released in 1988 and it revolved around the story of how naive rural women were taken for a ride by perverted men. At the time of release, critics had given negative reviews and had given a thumb-down for the film. However, the fact remains that this movie is a bold and realistic movie that was made by an equally bold woman who had to go to the extent of divorcing her husband in order to make the film.
Shonali Bose is a female director who has openly come out as a bisexual. This unapologetically bold woman has made two films till date – Amu and Margarita with a Straw. While Amu had political overtones ad got into trouble during release, Margarita with a Straw dealt with the story of a differently abled girl coming to terms with her bisexuality. While both the films faced criticism from a section of the public, the films were widely appreciated at film festivals and by critics.
She is one of the latest and the youngest women to join the bandwagon of bold female filmmakers in Bollywood. Her film Lipstick Under my Burkha got rave reviews for its realistic and bold portrayal of the lives of women. The film revolves around how the women in the film discover the meaning of feminism and find meaning in their lives.