India is a progressive country, more so than ever currently. With the annulment of Article 377, things are only looking up. Or are they?
7 of Bollywood’s flourishing directors met PM Narendra Modi recently to discuss the issues that the Indian Film Industry is facing as a group. The list included prominent faces of Bollywood such as Raju Hirani, Aamir Khan, Zoya Akh – oh wait, Zoya Akhtar wasn’t a part of this panel. Not just her, none of the iconic women of the fraternity were! Because apparently, the men are enough to represent the entire industry.
The meet was predominantly about increasing the number of theaters in India which is obviously something women know nothing about, duh! Twitter exploded with comments about feminism and unequal representation, especially in this era where it’s all about women empowerment.
Take a look:
1. Nope. Didn’t notice it at all.
Aamir and other male representatives from Bollywood met PM Modi to discuss issues plaguing the industry. The manel was very successful and the lack of female representation was not noticeable. pic.twitter.com/Ec6UAJHmL5
— Shilpa Rathnam (@shilparathnam) October 26, 2018
2. Tell me about it girl.
And then they talk about women empowerment and diversity
— Vishakha Mundra (@vishakhamundra) October 26, 2018
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3. So you’re telling me that it wouldn’t have become an issue if it were an all women panel?
Why do people crib about this? If women wanted to go I'm sure they would. Even otherwise, to think that someone else cannot represent someone else is super ridiculous.
— Politik (@PolitikKarma) October 26, 2018
4. Another very valid argument.
Our pm is interested in the welfare of film industry than our farmers. Farmers from TN were starving in delhi for days, but he denied meeting them.
— shalini (@shalini1691) October 26, 2018
5. Conspiracy? Missed the eye? We’ll never know.
Looks like someone told them not to bring in females…earlier controversies are not going…. And no one wants new one, or some other hidden agenda… God knows!!!
— Gaurav (@Khurana_Gaurav) October 26, 2018
6. There wouldn’t be cliched feminist stances if everyone just understood the meaning of the term.
We don't know why the representation is not there, but then if you want to focus only on that, well, that's a cliched feminist stance. Request you to find out if initiatives are not being taken up for appropriate (equal) representations, or they are and being quashed.
— Priyam Soneji (@PriyamSoneji) October 26, 2018
It’s saddening to see something like this happen when Bollywood is finally producing good female-driven movies like Raazi. Maybe the next time there’s such a meeting, our directors PM could discuss the issue Equal Representation and what it means. Or would that be too much to ask for?