Happy Monday! And I have a sequel post! A sequel to my long think piece post on Saturday about what makes a film “feminist” beyond simplistic slogans and all that.
But first, regular questions! You can, as always, ask me anything from the personal (“what is your favorite item song?”) to the specific about the films (“what is an item song?”) to the general discussion (“are item songs empowering or de-empowering?”).
The only rule is, you have to let me answer first! If you have something to add to the discussion, feel free to jump in once I have given my answers.
Now, picking up on Saturday’s post, what are some films you watch when you want to feel like a strong perfect happy no need to change anything about yourself kind of woman? Not a “feminist” film with messages and so on, but just a movie that makes you feel like it is awesome to be a woman and be yourself? Here are some random ones for me. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Deepika’s I-know-what-I-need-for-a-happy-life-and-I-am-not-compromising kind of attitude. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom with Preity’s cool confidence and lack of guilt in whatever she has to do to get her chosen man, and Lara’s no guilt sex worker character. Tashan, in which Kareena’s desires lead the whole plot, and she is more ruthless and focused than any of the men. Ohm Shanti Oshaana, Dawaat-E-Ishq, Aiyyaa, I could go on and on but I don’t want to take all the ideas away from you!
Now, how about you? What movie makes you feel good about yourself when you watch it?
Oh, and just to get you in the mood, a video from a post that popped up when I was searching for Aiyyaa. Make sure to watch through to the middle at least, it gets better and better as it goes (if you want more strong women fanvids, here is the full post):
Okay, one more! (really, you should just click back to the whole post)