Scene 1: Women showed dancing(named Item girl) and men enjoying the ‘entertaining dance’ and passing ‘as sweet as possible’ comments.
Scene 2: Women (or bechari ladki) doing only household chores (the only ideal trait of a bahu).
Scene 3: Women are shown as a victim of sexual assaults and coercive behavior ( sacche pyaar ki kimat chukana isi ka naam hai).
Scene 4: Summing up all of three above.
Character Sketch of Heroines
- Dependent on male actors
Well, these are some of the common things one could come across while watching a Bollywood movie (Entertaining movie). We don’t know when will we move on with the whole idea of an akeli ladki being a khuli hui tijori wala angle and go to Kabhi Kissi ko itna bhi mat darao ki darr hi khatam ho jaye. Movies always tend to show women to be the damsel in distress.
Bollywood is known for its notoriety of mistreating women characters.
Kabir Singh, who is on complete self-destructive mode and behaves violently after his girlfriend Preeti (Kiara Advani) marries another man, not by her choice. glorifying violence in the name love and encouraging misogyny.
This film tells people, through the love story of Raj and Simran, that with enough persistence, harassment, and stalking, a man can convince any girl to fall in love with him. A girl is a prize to be won, and sexual harassment is the way to win her. Not only that, but the ultimate way to show respect for a woman is by refusing to marry her until her father literally hands her over to you – solidifying the female’s complete lack of choice in the scenario.
There is a major problem with this film as well: there are only two female characters, and both of them serve the sole purpose of fawning over the male lead. Gauri wins the heart through making him(Bhanu) rotis, as any good Indian wife should.
There are essentially two females in this movie: the one Chulbul woos by harassing her until she feels she has no choice but to marry him, and an item dancer – a girl whose sole purpose is to appear in one song wearing close to nothing while a bunch of drunk men (Chulbul included) fawn over her oozing female sexuality. Other Salman Khan films since, including the Dabangg sequel, haven’t been any better.
Kya Kool Hai Hum 3
Bollywood morality shows that’s it’s OKAY to eve tease someone whom you intend to marry and it’s all supposed to be a part of the wooing process. What the heroine thinks it totally irrelevant. Another problem is that the hero also physically touches the heroine in appropriate places during the ‘wooing process’ and she’s just supposed to get angry and storm off instead of reporting it.
Badrinath Ki Dhulaniya
It’s about a violent stalker who harasses, threatens and even kidnaps the woman he is obsessed with, despite her repeated rejections. The girl not only tolerates his obsessive behavior, she actually finds the goodness in him.
Phata Poster Nikla Hero
The song lyrics says it all.
Haan tujhpe right mera
Tu hai delight mera
Tera rasta jo rokoon
Chaunkne ka nahin
A key feature of Patriarchy is the notion of traditional gender roles. Traditional gender roles cast men as strong, decisive, rational and protective while women are seen as emotional, irrational, weak, nurturing and submissive. These gender roles are restrictive of both men and women as it is degrading for a man to have some sort of female characteristic and unattractive for a woman to have some sort of a male characteristic. As a society, we must not watch/promote these movies which propagate evilness in our own society.