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Woman's Day and the emerging new woman through the Hindi films
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
PRIYANKA CHOPRA and KONKANA SEN SHARMA
Whenever the Woman's Day approaches there are a demand and a suggestion that the female actors in India have still not able to find a niche for themselves, and there is no actor in this category who can compare to the Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett is difficult to find in the milieu of Hindi films as there are hardly any directors who are ready to provide this kind of a role to a female actor, as the manner in which the role of a female actor is conceptualized is still the same, i.e. a female actor who is now over thirty and is not in a position to do dancing around the trees is not fit to play a lead role.
With such an operational handicap the Cate Blanchett are appearing in the Indian context seeped in the Indian realities. One actor who has definitely made it to this category is Priyanka Chopra. On the eve of getting the trophy for the best female actor, she had the courage to tell it from the stage to her father that she is bringing a lady home, and without permission, and DOSTANA is the inspiration. Even if it was said in good humor it indeed needs courage to say this from a public platform and the courage needs to be capitalized through meatier roles for her in 2009, and she can indeed emerge as the Cate Blanchett for the industry.
Among other female actors who are vying for this slot in the current crop, the names would include those of Asin, Kangana Ranaut, Shahana Goswami, Prachi Desai etc., all who have the courage to sail against the wind and enact the roles which emphasize and underline their portrayal from the perspective of a modern woman. Konkona Sen Sharma has already graduated to this category, and from amongst these women a Cate Blanchett for India would indeed emerge. Chitraganda Singh is another actor who could be the one to watch out for, as she has been accorded the honor of being a womansymbolizing change by Dove, the soap brand of Hindustan Lever Limited.
To facilitate the same, the change that has to be induced, is the manner in which we see the role of the woman in the society. Until and unless we change our view of perceiving a woman from the patriarchal notion, the Hindi cinema would not be able to find its own female actor who can make her presence felt on the international arena. The notion of the patriarchal systemgets further accentuated by television serials in the offing these days that tend to glorify the old system. With such anoperational handicap to be able to do the things in their own little own way is a positive step in the direction.
The moot point is that the directors are needed who could have the courage to give the role to a female actor so that shecould emerge as the Cate Blanchett. May be, by the time, the next Woman's Day is celebrated we would have found her.