Women In The Film Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women

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A female has the right to her body, even if she’s still in the womb. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the UNFPA, in the last 100 years, 35 million girls are missing from the population of India due to practices related to gender discrimination. My topic is the short film Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women, a 2003 Indian film written and directed by Manish Jha. It revolves around the theme of male chauvinism and female infanticide. It explores a futuristic rural India wherein due to rampant female infanticide, women are practically extinct. It is considered to be one of the most appreciated short films in the history of Indian cinema which deals with the provocative and disturbing reality of female foeticide. With a rhetorical analysis of the story, I would relate different characters and scenes of the story to emotions(bhava) like – love, anger(krodha), disgust(jugupsa), courage(utsaha), fear(bhaya). I would be emphasising precisely on two emotions which are anger and disgust in detail along with the analysis. The movie is set as a futuristic tale in the rural Northern India. It depicts a depressing situation where there are no females left; young or old. The movie unfolds a span of 1-2 years. It aims to move the audience with the struggle of the characters (drama). The central characters involve a rich landlord and widower Ramcharan who is looking for brides for his five sons . The local priest, who is busy scheming, drinking 'sharbats ' and
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