Jai Santoshi Maa Feminism

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Nowadays, movies portray stories in which either a male or a female character can assume the leading role. Unfortunately, this was not the case on the year 1975 as most movies and TV shows targeted a masculine audience. The Bollywood film, Jai Santoshi Maa, might be considered as an early representation, in media, of feminism. There are many factors that might influence one’s decision in categorizing this film as feminist. Some of the elements present in the movie, which confirm the previous claim, are: relatable characters, the establishment of a role model for women to see as their guide and symbol of Female empowerment. Perhaps, Jai Santoshi Maa is a film that represents several aspects of the, nowadays widely-recognized, feminist ideals.…show more content…
In the film, the character that serves as a role model to other women, is no other than Santoshi Maa. This character possess many qualities which other women can learn from. The most important traits that Santoshi Maa showed in the movie were: Solidarity, Forgiveness, and Trustworthiness. Santoshi Maa was kind to her followers and worshippers, she intended to help them when they needed her help by either saving their lives as she did with Birju and Satvyaty, in the film, or granting her followers their wishes as she did with satvyaty when she helped Birju to recover his memory. Even after satvyaty’s sisters in law made stavyaty’s life feel like hell on earth, she forgave the sisters after frustrating the ceremony on her honor, after teaching the sisters a lesson. She was capable of forgiving those who intended to harm her followers. Later on the film, satvyaty was accused of poisoning children. Everyone thought she was guilty. After everything seemed to be falling apart in the ceremony, she trusted Santoshi maa. She knew that her prayers were to be heard by the goddess. These three qualities made Santoshi Maa a great role model for other women to follow as she is often seen as “an emblem of love, contentment, forgiveness, happiness and hope” (Jaisantoshimaa.com). This goddess “inspires an individual to cherish family values and to come out of the crisis with one 's determination,” as parvyaty did by trusting Santoshi Maa and herself at the time when the world seemed to be conspiring against her

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