Feminist Lens In Movie Analysis: Film Analysis Of Indian Women

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1. Feminist Lens
• Oppression – Indian women in this film did not receive the same treatment as men, especially when they become widows. Females as young as eight years are forced to find a husband as their families cannot not support all of their children due to their poor socio-economic conditions. However, when Indian females lose their husbands, they are often looked down upon as it was viewed as a sin for a woman to remain a widow. Widows are required to spend all their lives in an ashram, where living conditions are well below average due to a limited supply of food and other necessities. Not only that, but society often regarded widows as people who carry “bad luck” everywhere they go. For example, Chuyia’s (the main character of this film) husband suddenly died and her appearance changes drastically as her red dot and hair were removed. Chuyia does not get along well with the most of the other widows and exhibits anti-social behaviour throughout.

• Prostitution/Objectification – As shown in the film, in order for the ashram to receive enough funding, Kalyani had to join the prostitution industry as a teenager. Analyzing this from a feminist lens reveals that men in this society viewed women as objects that are to be desired only for their physical appearance and for sexual reasons, and are not appreciated for their personality and talents. • Male Dominance – During the course of this film, men are shown to be superior than women. Unlike widowed women, men do

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