Three prominent women directors of Indian Cnema at present

Entertainment | Feb. 17, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

Over the past few years, however, a new generation of female Indian filmmakers has begun to shine on the global stage, suggesting promising signs of change for the country’s often severly biased film sector. However, casting women as directors doesn't really mean that they will make feminist kind of films. They will just make films from a woman's perspective. Varied perspectives bring longevity to Bollywood and makes it thrive and more accessible and viable on the world platform. Thus, here are there women directors that have altered the way cinema functions today: 

Firstly, Deepa Mehta. She doesn’t quite classify as “Bollywood”, we still felt she needed to be included on our list. This talented and criticized filmmaker caused a huge ruckus when she released Fire in India in 1998, setting off a wave of protests as people objected to the themes of homosexuality in the film. Her film Water also set off a wave of protests in Sri Lanka which conflicted with filming, but the film was later nominated for an Oscar. A prominent figure on the Canadian film scene (her adopted home), Deepa’s brand of cinema doesn't shy away from the minutest details and expressions of a character - whether its lust, greed or envy. Deepa Mehta has very strongly highlighted women's concerns throughout her celebrated film career. On the flip-side, she has often been criticized of "commodifying" women and Indian customs, but that just is a part of her being a woman director. The elaborate weddings, women running down the stairs in decorated thaalis amongst satin drapes, quite emblematic of Karan Johar movies, on the other hand earn big earners. His India is celebrated just by virtue of him being a man. 

Secondly, Farah Khan. As one of Bollywood’s most popular choreographers of all time, Farah’s directorial style is very similar to the elaborate dance numbers that she has adoringly made. They are just an extension of her songs. Relying on simple screenplays, lavish sets and lots of coiled humor - people have adored Farah films for years. She is all for the main-stream fame and she makes semblance about it. Her movies are star-driven. Her reasons for it are good. She says, “The thing is stars make it easier for the project to be green-lit. Otherwise, everyone will question your script 100 times if you have a star saying yes to it give that newspaper cutting and nobody will ask any question that’s the good side and a bad side to it. You tend to work a little less on the content because you have a big star driving on it sometimes. That opening is for sure. With other movies you don’t know it can die sooner. If it’s a great movie by word of mouth it grows but that’s 1 in 100. I think that’s why not only here even in Hollywood when an actor becomes a star and has a certain amount of equity, name everyone wants to cash on it,” she added.

Thirdly, the only women director that isn't biased towards woman and the men in her movies are adorable. Being one of the most prolific directors of our times, and has proved time and again that characters don’t deserve special treatment on the basis of them being male or female. Zoya also writes her own films and it is because of her ensemble cast, displaying a wide range of characters, that we get a truly varied experience. hus, her films depict raw emotions that encapsulated into familiar behaviours. Be it friendship, relationships or your own kin, love is first and foremost, then other divides come into play - such as class, sex, money, talent or priorities. Very refreshing! 

Thus, cinema is a medium that can alter a person's life. A good movie can inspire to do the impossible or a great touching family drama can prompt you to spend the next holiday with your family. Thus imagine a cinematic powerhouse when you have a visionary, talented woman in Bollywood and directing another creative woman to bring magic, not just on screen but also in the real lives of audience.

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Feb. 17, 2018, 1:54 p.m.