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Trailer Review Toilet – Ek Prem Katha

toilet-ek-Prem-KathaAkshay Kumar Starrer ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ drops its trailer and it does look promising. This Comedy-drama-satire flick is based on the prominent and recent issue of ‘open defecation’ in wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat Abhiyan. The trailer begins with comic relief, followed by a love story and ending with the main message. This 3:00 minutes trailer is giving out quite more details which make the film more predictable.

However there important things which you will notice about the stereotypical mentally about the rural India. For example the character of Akshay Kumar being ‘Manglik’, hypocritical treatment and mindset of rural society about the women, government official’s corruption etc.

These issues are not alien to us, but story treatment by the writers Sidhharth and Garima might make a difference.

The film is directed by Shree Narayan Singh who holds credentials of editing films like A Wednesday, Special 26, Rustom and M.S Dhoni. Along with Akshay Kumar, it also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Anupam Kher.

Here’s the trailer for those who haven’t seen it yet! – “Toilet – Ek Prem Katha”

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Just another day for us, girls !

By Saloni Modi and Nandini Rao

With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increase in count of women’s presence in every aspect of life, we could think that women have gained true equality. Rather, the facts are contrasting.equality

The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. Undoubtedly, there has been a significant change in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality. But the complexity of patriarchy are deep-rooted in our society.

We have chauvinist males running our countries, businesses and making laws that are biased. For instance, women in Saudi are not issued driving licenses. Women are till date objectified.

Around 120 million girls worldwide (slightly more than 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. By far the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls are current or former husbands, partners or boyfriends.

In 2012, a study conducted in New Delhi found that 92 per cent of women reported having experienced some form of sexual violence in public spaces in their lifetime, and 88 per cent of women reported having experienced some form of verbal sexual harassment (including unwelcome comments of a sexual nature, whistling, leering or making obscene gestures) in their lifetime.

On February 17, 2017, a famous actor from South Indian film industry was allegedly molested inside her moving car while she was heading for Kochi from her home. This heinous event had seven men involved and out of which two men were her close associates. As being a part of tinsel town, stars are believed to share affable companionship with their make-up artists, hair stylists, drivers, body guards and fashion designers hence involvement of the drivers took everyone by surprise.

The Nirbhaya case has not been forgotten yet, when Delhi’s gang rape generated a nationwide outrage and stirred a billion people. The moment was described as one that would change Delhi’s attitude towards women’s safety. With time things change but India’s capital, Delhi, does not seem to have changed much. Four years since then, the number of rapes have only increased and situation has only worsened.

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Massive protests at India gate and across the country in 2012 sparked off gender sensitization classes for 40,792 for Delhi cops till date and launched operation Nirbheek, in which police visited  girls from more than 500 schools to speak to them about safety. Over 1.83 lakh girls were also trained in self-defense. But stories of sexual assault and rape continues to haunt Delhi. We have failed to label India as a women safe country.

Each one of us should question ourselves as to why such brutality is soaring. Why people of this country are shunning the rape victims? Indian government must take necessary steps to make India a rape free nation, immediately. China and India both have a surplus men, but only one country has an out of control rape epidemic and that is India.

The reason why country has failed to eradicate rape culture is a sheer negligence.

According to Amnesty International reports, authorities have not effectively implemented new laws on crimes against women. The majority of rape cases still go unreported. Currently the problem, instead of abating, has become worse. In India a women is reportedly raped after every 15 minutes. We often hear our Indian politicians complaining about the kind of dresses women wear, hence blaming women’s clothing for the raging rape in the country is so flimsy. All these have led to diminution of the social position of the women in India.

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Women coming from all background are facing the deep rooted rape culture in India. Let us all pledge to contribute our bit in the best possible way to get nation rid of devils (rapists) and lets leave no stone unturned to make the nation women friendly. We the citizen of India need to bring the much required change and law makers should ponder upon this scariest subject and strict law should be introduced to eradicate the demons living in the country and walking fearlessly and shamelessly. 

We must strive to make India the safest country for women, globally, only then we will become eligible to call our nation a proud nation.

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Why this is the only chance to choose?

letusvoteAll major political parties are contesting the elections for the Mumbai’s civic body separately, for the first time in more than two decades. With the split between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the absence of alliance between the Congress and the National Congress Party (NCP), Mumbai anxiously awaits in anticipation of who would make  it to the power corridors of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). What this could mean is many candidates may win with narrow margins, making it all the more important for you to cast your vote.

Casting a vote is not a choice but an indispensable responsibility. The only choice is to choose wisely and vote for a better tomorrow.  Apart for voting being a responsibility, it is our ability, ability to decide what is right or what is wrong for ourselves, the society and the city. Making this choice is our only chance to nurture change. As the election day is nearing, we have to bear this thought in our minds that this a chance to choose for change, the change we all want and are waiting for.

This reminds me of a quote from the fantasy novel series, Harry Potter, ” It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”.

Following a massive voters induction drive in 2016, 2.39 lakh new voters registered themselves in Mumbai, taking the count to 91,80,635, out of a population of 1.24 crore. But while more than 70 per cent of the citizens are registered voters, turnouts in Mumbai have remained poor over the years, not crossing even the 50 per cent mark.

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The voter turnout is an important factor to decide who will run the BMC. The State Election Commission (SEC) and BMC are leaving no stone unturned to spread awareness.

The government has directed all private firms, IT companies, shops, shopping malls etc to declare election days as paid holidays for all employees, in an attempt to increase voter turnout for the upcoming elections.

Offering ‘ethical incentives’, the SEC is also roping in hotels, restaurants and shopping malls to offer discounts to those who cast their vote. Apart from engaging with more than 100 colleges, the SEC, is running campaigns on social media and reaching out to housing societies. Various NGOs are also running campaigns to increase voter awareness.

A total of 2,275 candidates, which include 1,190 males, 1,084 females and one transgender, are to fight for the 227 seats of the BMC. The elections are to be held on February 21, 2017. And the results will be announced on February 23, 2017.

Shiv Sena is the only party which has fielded candidates on all the 227 seats across the metropolis, while Congress on 221, BJP will fight it out on 195 (leaving 32 seats for its allies), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on 201, NCP on 171, BSP on 109, Samajwadi Party on 76 followed by first-timers Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on 56 seats. There are 13 political parties that will compete to administer the country’s richest civic body, according to the final list released by the electoral department of the BMC.

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I’m 24 and I’m not married!

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“Gupta ji, aapki beti 25 saal ki Ho gyi hai, shaadi kab karenge?” ( Gupta ji, your daughter is  25, when are you going to get her married off?”)  who has said that ideal age for a girl to marry is  mid twenties? Let me put it the other way, who has given the society and its people the right to decide the ideal age for a women to marry? Which era are we still living in, where such intrusive thoughts still have an audacity to prove their unwarranted, orthodox and groundless points in regard to girl’s matrimony. Nevertheless, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act states that a girl in India can’t marry before the age of 18, and a boy before 21. But wait, does that mean 18 is “THE“marriageable age and girls should be sent to their in-laws house much before they reach their late twenties. When our country can fetch a label for itself as “the fastest growing and developing country,” why can’t  our Indian society aim for the same? Why are we still not changing  our typical mindset, when it comes to a marriage of a girl. Are we not productive enough? Are we not capable enough ?  Are we not worth enough to be given a chance to realise our dreams and do wonders in life. There’s nothing that is unattainable for girls.

The moment a girl completes her graduation, she’s welcomed to the marriage club. Marriage becomes the centre of discussion everywhere. Be it uncle, aunt or parents, they all have only one topic to discuss and that is “Marriage.”  No doubt that marriage is a prominent milestone in one’s life but in most of the Indian families, it is parental pressure which results in marriage. The whole idea of sacredness of a marriage gets deteriorated once the means of forced marriage occurs,  where the consent of a girl has not been taken into consideration. The girl is left with no other option than to bear that fake smile throughout the wedding ceremony.

Though this trend is changing in cities and metros but villages are still untouched in India. We need more and more support for this good cause. We have not failed to acknowledge our girls whenever they have made us and our country proud but we should not step back and choose to keep quite when voice needs to be raised against such questionable norms.

In Indian society, family and parents play an imperative role in taking the decision regarding right age for marriage . Above that, if a female crosses 30 years of age then she is tagged as someone who is not of a good character or loose. Why are we stooping low to such narrow mindset? Females have all the right to decide when to enter the institution of marriage. They shouldn’t be forced for marriage every now and then.

I as a women feel so proud to have parents,  who are so supportive and have given me all sorts of  liberty to do what I want to do in life. They don’t want me to get married until I do them proud. That’s how it is supposed to be. I’m blessed! I can’t thank them enough for what they are doing for me. I want to bring in the change. The change which will be applauded by millions across the globe.

My humble request to all the parents-

lets break the monotony. Let’s make a difference to the society and let’s love our daughters in literal sense. Wedding bells can take a backseat until we girls are busy turning our ideas into reality.

To conclude, I would say that just going to cinemas and watching and applauding movies like Dangal would not prove the point. Unless, we instil the same belief in ourselves and eventually make this nation proud of more Geetas, Babitaas and other self-made women who choose to defer the marriage and come out as winners.

 Embrace the change and transition gracefully so that you get to enjoy the newness of life! 🙂