Objectifying Women Through The Prism Of Cinema

Ritika Goenka


Relegating women to margins as a result of a structural and systemic discrimination has been witnessed by all societies from the very dawn of mankind. Irrespective of her hierarchal ranking or status she is the one who has been subjected to discrimination, oppressed and dominated by the male members of our patriarchal society. With the concept of capitalism and globalization commoditization and objectification of women has emerged out as a novel way of derogating women and labeling her as a sheer object of sexual or physical abuse. A concept of marginalized women which generally includes widows, tribal, refugee and dalit women is spreading its arms by inculcating the whole female species after declaring her as an object. Indian cinema has been one of the most dominant and distinguishing features of the subcontinent’s popular culture for the last sixty years. The Indian cinema industry, also called Bollywood, is the world’s largest film industry in terms of the number of films produced (Dwyer, 2006). According to Tom Sherak, President Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, films are reflections of society, both past and present. According to him Film and its innovation have to catch up to the society but sometimes it leads to a society too. The recent trend followed by Bollywood of using women as a symbol of fulfilling sexual desires  or  to titillate, to be in stress or rescued or simply to prove heterosexuality of a hero has made women appear as a group, category or a class which is in all ways inferior to men. Objectification of women in Bollywood has made women a nigger in the same world she belongs to where she has to stand out and fight for her rights, dignity and equality.


Bollywood, Cinema, Women Characters

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