The role of women in the film”
………………………………. Arniya Aurin
The role of women in the film is a powerful medium. Through a lot of controversy, struggle and evolution, the film gradually evolved. But the inequality between men and women in the socialist system that has existed since the beginning is also seen in the film.
Male Tantric mentality is seen in many ways. Yet the women of the present time are not lagging behind in any part of modern civilization.
Women are also seen in the film industry as filmmakers, producers, editors and actresses. However, discrimination between men and women is still observed in the film. From the name of the movie to the portrayal of men and women in the image of the master and the slave. From a masculine point of view, women are portrayed as weaker and smaller than men in many ways. From the very beginning of Bengali films, women have been portrayed in such a way that acting in films is also an insulting profession. So far, the girls of the polite house have stumbled in many ways while working on the film. Many people stop being discouraged from their families.
In the movie, women are portrayed in such a way that women get value only for their beautification. From Hollywood, Bollywood to Bengali movies, there is a tendency to show women as appealing and insignificant. In this way, women become men’s hand puppets or entertainment items.
But out of the conventional genre, women are now gaining traction in the film industry.
Out of these barriers of male Tantric society, female creators are seen coming out. Women-centric films are being made where not only women are being shown beauty or entertainment but also various aspects of women’s potential and life.
Wonder women, Neerja, Piku, Queen, Margarita with a straw are also shown in many more movies, especially women. Satyajit Ray’s’ Mahanagar, Ritwik Ghatak’s’ Meghe Dhaka Tara ‘,’ Iti Mrinalini ‘directed by Aparna Sen inspired by Rabindranath’s short story depicts the life struggle of women.
They have changed the way women are presented. Catherine Bigelow, the producer of the world-famous film The Heart Locker, won an Oscar in 2010. Jane Champion, the director of the acclaimed movie ‘The Piano’, and Katherine Hardwick, the director of ‘Thirteen’ and many others have been gaining special respect and fame in Hollywood movies. Farah Khan is a very well known name in Bollywood movies. She has also starred in a number of commercially successful films, including the international film Wedding Monsoon, Mary Gold: An Adventure in India, and Om Shanti Om, My Hu Na, and Tismar Khan. Women filmmakers like Kiran Rao, Anusha Rizvi, Mira Nair are contributing in this field. Rubaiyat Hossain is one of the top 10 most important female producers of contemporary Bengali cinema. He garnered wide acclaim from the audience with his movie ‘Meherjan’ and ‘Under Construction’. Besides, many other Bengali filmmakers like Katherine Masood, Suchanda, Sujata, Rokeya Prachi, Samia Zaman and many others have made Bengali movies. I hope to see more women producers, producers, editors in the film industry in the future.
Writer : Arniya Aurin
Student of Film and Television