Cinema is meant and believed to entertain, to take the spectator to a world that is starkly different from the real one, a world which provides escape from the daily grind of life. Millions of people watch cinema every day not only to amuse themselves but also as an escape from the monotony, boredom, anxiety and troubles from life. It is a restful, pleasurable means of entertainment after a long day’s work. All the senses are captivated while viewing cinema and the next two and a half or three hours are spent in a blink.
A typical Indian film has all the spice and variety of life condensed into it, showing the audience a totally different world where everything is possible. But the darkness of Indian Cinema is hidden from the eyes of the viewers. Old Hindi Movies have/had the concept of ‘Pati Parmeshwar and Sati Savitri’. Men depicted as the power cup of the movie, tends to be sophisticated and idolizing or the macho man and justice maker of the scene. But on the other hand, women are endorsed as the weaker portion of the film, depending on one male factor to another in the whole 3- hour life of the film. Beginning form her father, brother, uncle and growing up to her lover, fiance or husband.
Coming to today’s scenario of Bollywood, female protagonist has been able to breakthrough this bondage of being a subject of victimization and the parallel cinema has been helpful of bringing up the real women unlike past’s Utopian goody-goody woman who will never move outside her boundaries to prove her point, but will face all the adversaries that are forced on her. Indian Cinema, by this time has opened the red carpet for all the female actresses who support the equality factor of genders in cinema, and takes up the controversial segments of different genre, and directors are propounded to display the responsible and calculative female protagonist who won’t think twice before leaving the right path to get into the roots of the dark side. However, being modest she always remains within the limits of humanity, harming only the cruel. The vast jacks and jumps of the journey of the inequalities faced by veteran phase of the Indian cinema and the massive development being experienced through a variety of female favored screenings throughout its glorious years.
Though going beyond the stereotypes, there are a chunk of filmmakers who have reacted against the stereotypes set by mainstream cinema and have dared to explore subjects from the women’s perspective but still there is a greater need to think on these issues helping the cause of women in Indian society.
Cinema has to create a separate and independent space for Indian women to help them realize their dreams. Cinema’s only end is not to entertain. It must begin a quest for social change through entertainment. As a media product, identified to accelerate the process of modernity, cinema should not stick to the formula film, it should come up with more progressive representations of women. Such portrayals would do justice to women and their role in the society.