Film critic Anupama Chopra believes the portrayal of women in Indian films has changed with the success of ‘The Dirty Picture’

By Nishtha Narayan |
March 13, 2022 10:14 p.m. STI

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]Mar 13 (ANI): Film critic Anupama Chopra says the portrayal of women in films in India has changed with the success of ‘The Dirty Picture’, but she still feels there is still a long way to go.
“I think for me the dividing line is really actor Vidya Balan and the success of Dirty Picture. I mean, you know we had some great actors before that. Actor Nargis set the tone with everything with the movie Mother India. You know you had actors like Nutanji and Waheeda Rehman,” Chopra said during a panel discussion at the 15th Jaipur Literature Festival.
“We’ve had generation after generation of spectacular actresses. But the portrayal of women in modern and contemporary times has really changed with the success of this film,” she added.
She added that there were movies in which women endorsed her, from movies like Raazi to Kangana Ranaut movies like Tanu Weds Manu, Queen, and more recently Gangubai Kathiawadi.
“The success of these films, the entry of the new generation of actors, the entry of women into all spheres of cinema has really created a massive change, but we have a long way to go, do not rejoice too much “, she added. added.
Reflecting on the development of Indian heroin in Bollywood, the film critic said, “The virgin heroine was placed in the film Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge in 1995. In the film, the characters spent a night in the hotel room and they didn’t do anything and hero says Mujhe pata hai hindustani aurat ki izzat kya hoti hai is Raj’s dialogue Evolution only happened at last 10-15 years. In the 90s we were doing a big hoo haa of who is and who isn’t not chaste.”
Speaking of her book ‘A Place in My Heart’ in which she wrote about 50 films, she said: “The shortlist of films was really a mixture of very popular and very obscure films, in a way it’s a list. It will get people to watch movies they hadn’t considered watching.”
She further stated that there is no finite number for the movie one likes. “It all depends on where you are at a certain place and at a certain time.” She added that when she looks back on movies she didn’t really like 10 years ago, she reacts to them differently now.
“And it’s a very dynamic and constantly evolving art form even though the setting stays the same. It spins because you’ve changed,” she added.
Referring to the first chapter of her book which is based on the Hindi film ‘Sholay’, she said that for her the film Sholay has aged well.
“It’s such a personal response. Sholay is one of his earliest movie memories. I’m afraid I’m afraid of that sound when Gabbar walks into frame. I remember it so clearly. I don’t I can’t remember where I saw it or how old I was. I remember being scared of that sound. It’s ingrained in me now too. It was so timeless. That’s why Sholay is in my book so that the new generation can know.(ANI)

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