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A gleam on stereotypical portrayal of women in the movies

More often than not, men are given huge importance in cinema and real life as well

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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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Good News Is When An Actor Works For My Banner At A Lower Price: Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar, is readying his new multistarrer production "Good Newwz" for a Christmas release

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Karan Johar is readying his new production "Good Newwz". Wikimedia Commons

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is readying his new multistarrer production “Good Newwz” for a Christmas release, says he feels really happy when an actor agrees to work for his banner at a lower price. He adds that Akshay Kumar, the hero of “Good Newwz”, has not given him any good news so far on that front.

“Good news to me is when an actor agrees to do my film at a low price, but that’s a good news Akshay hasn’t given me so far,” Johar said with a laugh, while interacting with the media at the trailer launch of the film along with the lead cast, comprising Akshay, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh, besides director Raj Mehta on Monday in Mumbai.

He added: “I feel if I hear some good news, then there is also a bad news around the corner — unless the good news is about something like the birth of a child. I still remember when I got the information of my two babies, I felt really happy. I feel, after hearing every good news you hear some bad news, and I guess there is some kind of ‘kabhi khushi kabhie gham’ situation that takes place in our lives. So, I don’t hold on to that news with a lot of joy ever. Rather, I am a bit of a cynic that way.”

“Good Newwz” is the third collaboration between Johar and Akshay after “Kesari” and “Brothers”. Next year, Akshay will be seen in “Sooryavanshi”, which is co-produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

The film marks the directorial debut of Raj Mehta.

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Karan Johar says that Dharma Productions has always maintained the ethos of treating every artist equally. Wikimedia Commons

Johar admitted the weird spelling of the film’s title was an outcome of his team’s inherent superstitious streak.

“There is a certain inherent superstition in the creative world, so earlier in my career I was obsessed with the alphabet K. I released films starting with alphabet K, which also starred Kareena, but then a few of them didn’t work. I felt it (the urge to name films with K) had stayed with me for no reason, so I gave up on that superstition. After that, I encountered Raj Mehta who is paranoid about everything. He, along with Azeem Dayani — who is the curator of this film’s music — were paranoid and told me that we should name this film ‘A Good News’. I told them ‘A Good News’ is incorrect English. So, they said we would have to change the spelling. We decided to name the film ‘Good Newwz’. Personally, it’s rather ridiculous, but actually everybody has learnt to accept it and envelope it, so I would give credit for the film’s name to Raj and his team,” said Johar.

Asked how he makes sure that equal rights are given to men and women in his production company, which is headed by him, he said: “We at Dharma Productions have always maintained the ethos of making sure that everyone including men, women, artists, and technicians get paid solidly for their craft, art, ability, work and worth. All of us are here from the blend of commerce and art. It is something I endorse strongly. When it comes to female-led films, we always make sure that there never is a disparity from our end.”

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He continued: “We have given profit share to female actors. In near future, you will see producer’s credit given in a female-led film. Where they (actresses) dominate and lead the film, they must have a humongous part of the pie. You will hear announcements in the future where women-lead films produced by Dharma Productions will have strong producer’s credit and profit shares (for heroines). There is and there will not be any disparity in my company.”

“Good Newwz” is scheduled to release on December 27. (IANS)