The Status Of A Woman Essay

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Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice it’s natural Size – Virginia Woolf. The topic that I’ve chosen for my essay is The Status of A Woman in South Indian or specifically Malayalam Cinema. The first question the arises in my mind while watching any Malayalam movie is why does the nationally and internationally acclaimed Malayalam Cinema fail to represent women’s experiences, Why are The Female leads just subjected to basic chores, or as an object of desire? Me being a Woman find it very disturbing to see woman being labelled in the same umbrella.
Indian cinema has always been under the line of fire for its potrayal of women as objects of desire. Be it Mandakini, Parveen Babi or the current crop of actresses. From 'Sheila Ki Jawaani ' to 'Munni ki Badnaami ', its usually women who are utilised as objects of desire and sexual objects. The situation is no different in Indian culture where birth of a girl child is frowned upon with disdain in some parts of India and shockingly even among elite and educated Indians, whereas the Birth of a boy is celebrated. Indian cinema is the biggest culprit as the reach and impact by Commercial films is the most and it is shameful that such an industry still resorts to item songs and objectification of women without analyzing the negating impact on society. In this attempt to engage with the broad problematic of a feminist film criticism
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