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Feb 18, 2017: A survey of 2000 films conducted by polygraph website revealed that women in the movies are given fewer dialogues than men. It can be very well understood as a reason for which men holds importance in the story as a protagonist. This, in fact, shows the rampant stereotypical dogma in our society. Unless it a movie which showcases a women’s life and requires a female protagonist, there will barely be any dialogues to be heard. As a matter of fact, Women writers exist by the narrowest of the margins, because of which the essence of women colloquy seemed to have been lost in the movies.

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Women are only seen as an object of sexuality with little or no relevance to the story.It is mostly discerned that the narration of the story line revolves around the male actor only. The question is not whether the women are understated in movies or not, there is more than what meets the eye.

The lack of women speech in movies is not a deliberate attempt but rather an unconscious effort which is perceived as normal in the society. People are less likely to be interested in what the women has to say, because of which the problem continues to persist. The credence that movies starring a male vocalized as movies but however movies featuring a weighted female are vocalized as “chick flicks” is a hard-hitting reality of today’s society.

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The problem is rooted in the stereotypical dogma of society towards women. Women are perceived as incompetent and unworthy of higher status in our society. This has been a stumbling block since forever as women are being slurred and tarnished on each and every step of their way. They have belittled the capacity of women in one way or the other.The parochial minds define the society as a male dominant society and these parochial minds are none other than those who build the foundation of this society. To one’s surprise, women itself are to be blamed for such prevalent beliefs. The impending belief that one looks the perspective of a man, how a man thinks and overlooks women’s perspective as underrated.

The society commands change for the betterment of mankind. It is necessary to bring change to sustain an unprejudiced society. A vociferous woman is apparently viewed as equivalent to two men both in cinema and real life. Women should be heard and given equal importance in all the platforms. The negative connotation towards women needs to be altered.

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There came a phase when a well renowned Bollywood actress, Vidya Balan tried to reshape the opinion of people by introducing a new trend where heroines could be seen as a heroic figure as well but the keynote idea seems to have been long lost forgotten. Where we see movies like ‘Kahani’ or ‘Neerja’ making a small amount of profit and concludes a minuscule proportion of the big entertainment business.

We also see movies like ‘Dhoom 3′ which had little or no dialogues for the female lead and regardless of which made huge profits. What needs to change is the obtrusive mindset of society we live with conscious efforts.

– prepared by Naina Mishra, Twitter @Nainamishr94


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