I think this disclaimer is becoming a norm of sorts, but this one might trigger some special snowflakes.
I have seen both Kabir Singh and Thappad.
A real feminist girl watched Kabir Singh.
And honestly, it is like a movie about grooming girls into being this thing that is only to be seen and not heard. Main female lead’s literal first line in the movie was “Do you love me?” Not to mention the obsession with her being pure, traditional and weak, and the different ways they show that.
That little $%^&.
As obvious, I really don’t like it.
Then they realised Thappad and I cannot tell you how much I wanted to smack someone.
That movie was so much worse.
First, which girl is stupid enough that she enters a fight between two men?
Men are more physically aggressive by nature. They normally (and research proves this, though not applicable to losers) don’t aggress against women. But, I’ll tell you now that if you come near me when I’m angry I will tear you a new one, and I’m a girl. A guy will hit you without when they are deep in a fight.
Psychologists recommend that if you wish to wake a guy up from fits of a nightmare that you wake them up without touching them, or being within the lashing range, because they will lash out at anyone whom they perceive (in their head or out of it) a threat. I reckon that it is the same for men who are fighting and on the verge of getting physical with each other or even when they are just angry in general…
Thappad made some good points in favour of feminism, but all of it goes in drain the way it tries to be anti-Kabir Singh. There are dialogues referring to the movie as if it was never its own thing, and it was made to ride on criticism of Kabir Singh and is not capable (at least for the makers) to be anything more than that.
I think that the movie could have been its own thing but in wishing to be this anti so bad, they not only undermined the story they were trying to tell, but also demean the issues they are presenting because all its scope is now limited to an anti.
This is shown by how much they earned at the box office. Just estimated 44.54 crore, for an estimated 30 crore movie.
And don’t give me the “Oh, it earned less because it was talking about female empowerment.” No.
I know that success of commercial films like those made by SK (both of them) might make you think that the audience is dumb, but it is not.
Pink was successful. And it was successful because it had a good story, not because it had Amitabh Bucchan in it (case and point the flop that was Buddha Hoga Tera Baap).
Bollywood needs to learn that their commercial films might work once, but only ones with an interesting story remain.
Only ones with a good enough story become evergreen classics.
So please Bollywood, I know that you don’t care that Lipstick Under My Burkha got a standing ovation in an international film festival (more than anything the SK ever got), but stop making movies that make my country’s film industry a joke for the rest of the world.
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Mili is pen name of Ankita Maurya. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics and is currently pursuing her master’s. She is one of those obnoxious people who prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it.