‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ is the first Hindi feature film directed by Pan Nalin. No, that is definitely not why it is one of the most important movies of our generation.
- Bollywood is often like a snobbish male head of an orthodox family (Sorry for stereotyping ) whose ego is too huge to admit that her eldest daughter is more than capable of taking care of the family business . Allow me to explain this metaphor – There is more of the damsel in distress than Vidya Bagchi in ‘Kahaani’.
|Sorry Mr.Puri you were the best person to pull off the "Orthodox Indian Father" Act|
- This movie happens to be a casual tale about seven Indian women who are very different from each other but have to face the same issues everyday and in every stage of life. Not just women, even male members of the audience could relate to the realities which have been shown throughout this movie.
|A STILL FROM THE "ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES"|
- Bollywood does not have the habit of showing how women whistle at a Greek God neighbor or how they can fix the engine of the car. Bollywood has always portrayed women as the ones being whistled at ( QUITE SIMPLY ANOTHER " PERFECT INDIAN WOMAN" WHO DOESN'T OGLE, OBEYS EVERY "COMMAND" OF THEIR PARENTS AND NEVER EVER GIVES WAY TO THE CHARMS OF BEAUTY, LUST AND FLATTERY ) . This movie manages to break THAT stereotype very smoothly.
|THE CAST : SANDHYA MRIDUL, RAJSHRI DESHPANDE, SARAH JANE DIAS, TANNISHTHA CHATTERJEE, and ANUSHKA MANCHANDA. FROM THE LEFT.|
- The movie also shows the difficulties faced by a woman who believes in equality. I did not say matriarchy, I repeat “Equality”. Each woman in the movie is capable of living their own lives as they wish to. And they are shown living the lives of their choice but the story also shows the price that they have to pay to be themselves ( FREE COUNTRY? OH YES! )
|Anushka Manchanda from the "ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES"|
- The movie will teach the audience to ACCEPT a lot of things. It teaches the audience to ACCEPT the Queer community, to ACCEPT women going out without a man accompanying them, to ACCEPT women talking about their sexual lives and fantasies. It teaches us to embrace the reality of the situation that WOMEN – in reality – are also INDEPENDENT.
|Pan Nalin in an interview session|
You don't need to be a social activist or a feminist to be entertained by this movie. It's a movie which disposes the absurd societal norms still lingering among Indian mentality. The movie is unique, not because of it's "UNUSUAL" plot, but because it exposes the stark reality and asks us to question the RIDICULOUS. So go ahead and witness "THE BACKDROP" of every Indian woman you have ever come across.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :-
Priyadarshini Mukherjee from St.Xaviers college Kolkata is a dance enthusiast and a theater geek . She is a columnist for ExPRESS Magazine and is completing her graduation is Mass Communication and Videography from St.Xaviers college, Kolkata. Some of her other articles are as follows :-