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Feminism à la Bollywood!

Which side of the fence shall we seat ourselves when the world of Bollywood (our ‘unofficial encyclopaedia’) gives us mixed views on feminism, asks SHUBARNA MUKERJI SHU.

Shubarna Mukerji Shu

If you ask me, being a ‘feminist’ isn’t too different from being a humanist - you are merely asking for the rights to be equal. Yes, you are narrowing the spectrum to only women as compared to men, but what’s the harm in taking one step at a time? Yet, more often than not, it is looked upon like a cur, feminists being some kind of force which destroys more and builds less… and so on and so forth. But let’s not deviate from the topic at hand - ‘feminism in Bollywood’. Even though, by definition, feminism is merely advocating women’s right to equality, why are all the influential ladies of tinselville refuting the tag? Is it because they don’t want to be that force to reckon with? But all of them do enjoy their position of power, then why the resistance…

The standard comment from most gorgeous gals is - “I am not a bra-burning feminist, but I want equality”! Some might say there is ambiguity in that statement itself; I say they are playing safe. The refusal to go to the extreme is understandable; they don’t want the tags but feel the need to be compensated with some concessions at least. Really, it’s fair and pretty human too. Yet even the shallowest of these demands a


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