Loads has been stated in current occasions about “smashing the patriarchy” in Bollywood since actor Rhea Chakraborty wore a t-shirt that reminded the world of gender injustice.
It was a robust second when the 28-year-old actress stepped out of her automobile to seem for a Narcotics Control Bureau listening to days after being violently heckled by a mob of journalists whereas leaving the exact same premises after an preliminary spherical of questioning.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, Let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you”, her courageous t-shirt learn. Coming within the face of a diatribe of malignant and misogynist scrutiny directed at her within the highlight of television information cameras, the t-shirt grew to become greater than only a piece of clothes – it grew to become a logo of resistance.
It additionally grew to become a simple catchphrase for a lot of within the nation – together with her peer, colleagues and supporters in Bollywood – to get away with using the favored #SmashThePatriarchy wave. No sooner did the information of her arrest get out, Bollywood actors, filmmakers, musicians and others working within the business spoke out in help of the Chakraborty and towards the unfair media trial and undignified reporting she had been subjected to ever for the reason that loss of life of her reported boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
While the social media solidarity was peachy and led to a number of Twitter developments, it did not actually serve the primary goal which was to smash the patriarchy. Because smashing the patriarchy doesn’t finish with a tweet. It goes deeper than simply social media chatter and outraging inside echo chambers.
Responding to the #SmashthePatriarchy development, singer and actress Sona Mohapatra got here up with ten factors to raised clarify how Bollywood and people working can ACTUALLY smash the patriarchy within the Indian movie business.
“Lets do this the right way dear #Bollywood & #India cus the rest is mostly hot air”, she stated. Here are Sona Mohapatra’s 10 suggestions for smashing the Patriarchy in Bollywood.
1. “Pay your top actresses the same as your top actors,”
The singer begins easy. The gender wage hole in Bollywood just isn’t a brand new phenomenon. Actresses are extensively identified to receives a commission much less for an equal share of labor and likewise command much less respect and appreciation for his or her work. In current years, a number of actors together with male “superstars” like Shah Rukh Khan have accepted that the wage hole exists. (Incidentally, a person needed to come put and say it for folks to lastly take it significantly). Actors like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut. Priyanka is the primary Bollywood actress to ever demand a revenue share in a movie, and get it.
2. “Write enough worthy roles”
Male-centric scripts and plots have eternally been the norm in Bollywood with all main administrators and filmmakers (who’re additionally predominantly male) selecting male heroes to star as the primary protagonists with females relegated to offering supporting reduction or, at worst, act as a stage prop in a bikini in songs. If one needs to smash the patriarchy in Bollywood, Mohapatra thinks writing worthy roles for ladies is a crucial place to begin. We agree.
Lets do that the proper approach pricey #Bollywood & #India cus the remainder is generally scorching air. 1) Pay your prime actresses the identical as your prime actors.2) Write sufficient worthy roles 3) Film them ‘solo songs’ to make them bigger than life? (No, merchandise numbers don’t depend) . #SmashThePatriarchy
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) September 11, 2020
3. “Film them in ‘solo songs’ to make them larger than life? (No, item numbers don’t count)”
The level wants no additional explanations. Stop utilizing girls as props to lure males into film theatres or to spice up gross sales by way of lascivious movies. And when you nonetheless assume this is not true, check out all of the women-centric songs previously 5 years and the way lots of the had been merchandise songs.
4. “Speak up (at least once?)”
A heated Mohapatra takes a flip towards sensitive-ville at this level when she asks these within the business to “Speak up (at least once?) about ur superstar of ages”. Without taking any names, she refers to them as a ‘poster boy of poisonous masculinity, a bully, serial abuser of ladies’s rights.” And yet, “administrators, producers, writers scramble to create extra advantage signaling movies for him? Actresses bend backward to star in them,” the singer said. We are going to leave it at that.
5. “Be extra inclusive in ur decisions of movie technicians”
This is one is a fairly common complaint. Women technicians are often given short shrift by virtue of their gender. “Don’t assume a feminine DOP can’t shoot a big-budget movie as a result of she’s not ‘strong’ sufficient?! Some of the perfect movies within the west are shot by girls!My fav; Ellen Kuras. Movie digital camera Eternal sunshine of the spotless thoughts,” Mohapatra says.
6. Why Male singers > female singers?
“Worry and do one thing concerning the horrendous statistics of solely 8/9 songs out of the 100 launched by you having a feminine singer in #Bollywood. The solo feminine songs all the time reprise variations, by no means to be promoted. The duets having us in refrain solely?” While female singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle, and in recent years, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan and Mohapatra herself among others have made a mark for themselves in the industry, it still seems to be a man’s world when it comes to playback singing if the ‘Bedardi Raja’ singer is to be believed. “The business regressed on this matter solely within the final 10-15 years,” Mohapatra tells News18. “There was a time after we couldn’t put out a soundtrack with out the Mangeshkar sisters however Shreya and Sunidhi are our final feminine biggies,” she says. That was 20 years ago. Mohapatra feels that since then it has just been a stream of “testosterone driving the music”.
“Every three years we crown a brand new Male celebrity and ply him with lots of of songs,” she fumes. And what about women? “The Eight in 100 releases get distributed to provide every of us presumably half a launch,” the singer says.
7. “Be ashamed of the systemic-institutional sexism”
An angry Mohapatra goes on to launch a scathing attack on the industry in this point. “Be ashamed of the systemic-institutional sexism, misogyny & lopsided energy construction within the business the place NOT ONE lead actress or actor spoke up concerning the inconvenient truths within the #MeToo motion. Almost everybody regarded the opposite approach,” she says. The comment comes after nearly a year of the Me Too movement in India which saw several prominent journalists, actors, and celebrities accused by survivors of harassment, only to be forgiven, supported or even protected by their industry friends and peers while the allegations slowly got wiped out from public memory.
8.”Trust girls administrators”
Giving a shoutout to actress Anushka Sharma for working with women directors in recent ventures as a producer (Bulbull), Mohapatra advises other producers to “Trust girls administrators” to work on “larger manufacturing budgets” and “not simply those from the movie households” but also independent women filmmakers. “They are much less more likely to blow it up on wasteful ego-driven decisions,” Mohapatra says, adding that financing a woman driven project is “troublesome as hell”.
n a point that might shatter many a male ego, Mohapatra says, “Stop casting 50 plus Male ‘heroes’ in romantic angles with girls half their age…” Do we really need to say more?
10. Cast older actresses
Mohapatra signs out but not before pointing out that while male actors got to act 20 somethings in their 50s, older women are not even cast for older’s women’s’ roles. “Cast older actresses for older girls’s roles at the very least? Also, why ought to lead actresses be pushed to retirement and oblivion of their mid 30’s whereas males keep on endlessly??” a fuming Mohapatra asks.
The record is limitless, actually. And whereas it’s simple to leap on the bandwagon of smashing the patriarchy and supporting girls’s rights to win brownie factors as a feminist, it’s a lot more durable to take institutional measures to truly reverse the patriarchal buildings (and the unsung onerous work of ladies) upon which the business has been constructed.