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First woman director to win Oscars

March 11, 2010 12:30:16 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Fortuitous as it may sound, at the time when Kathryn Bigelow was awarded as the best director for her film, THE HURT LOCKER, she being the first woman director to be conferred with the award, in the history of Oscars, India's Oscars Filmfare went on to award Zoya Akhtar as the best director on debut for her film LUCK BY CHANCE. If viewed from this perspective, indeed, it is an interesting parallel.

Incidentally the award to Bigelow was being contrasted against the inability of the Indian parliament to pass Woman's reservation bill, forgetting that in Hindi film industry at least, whenever a female director has made debut, she has been encouraged with awards and citations as an acknowledgement of her effort to bring about a refreshing perspective to a content that has already been treated in conventional manner number of times.

It is indeed an ironic position that while woman directors are a rare breed all over the world, they have been making waves on a regular basis and making their presence felt in a decisive manner in India. The latest entrant in this category is Ambika Hinduja as a producer who along with her director Leena Yadav has made an international film TEEN PATTI that has made its presence felt in a big way. The underlining point is that if Big B decided to act in a movie produced and directed by a lady, it in itself is an indicator of the seriousness of approach on the part of the women filmmakers working in Hindi films.

The position becomes more so interesting if it is contrasted with the star cast of THE HURT LOCKER, which does not include any major stars from Hollywood. The comparison is being put forward to underline the point that the stars in India acknowledge the prowess of women producers and directors and do not have any hesitation to work with them, and it does not in anyway tries to undermine the efforts of the Bigelow for her content, as may be a bigger star cast could have affected the content treatment.

Even in South India, Saundarya, who is daughter of Rajnikant has made a big name for herself as a producer and director with her film SULTAN and is now making an animation film on the same topic.

The moot point is that off late the Indian film industry has been much more receptive to women producers and directors and it is good sign of the things to come in future.

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