Devi A Short Film by Kajol That Made Netizens Cry !
We are just two days away from celebrating women’s day for a single day. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to give up his social media handles to be used for female empowerment exercises. So what are you going to do this women’s day?
Some of us might go and watch films like Panga, Thappad and at least have our eyes open of how brutally we treat women. Few will put this noble idea into action of empowering women and this new short film is for these few only.
Produced by Niranjan Iyengar and Ryan Stephen’s Electric Apple’s Entertainment, and presented by Royal Stag barrel select large short films, Devi is a short film that will stay with for the longest time. You will find 9 familiar characters in it’s cast from the film and television industry namely, Kajol, Neha Dhupia, Shruti Hassan, Neena kulkarni, Mukta Barve, sandhya Mhatre, Rama Joshi, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Yashaswini Dayama. Priyanka banerjee, making her directorial debut sends a very powerful message through her layered storytelling that exhibits maturity.
Devi puts these nine women with different religion, caste, languages, socio-economic background into one big living room. They are bound by the devastating stroke of fate and have got no option but to live in that little constricted space because it is better to stay inside rather than going outside. You will see that the doorbell has rung and they are all terrified of the thought that their cramped existence will get even more stuffy with the arrival of another one.
It’s ironic in a way that the women living in this room are dead. But it’s not the death that unites them but a fact that they all are a victims of sexual assault and rape which eventually lead to their deaths. Devi has layers and inferences that without even once explicitly describing the situation and what really got those women in this situation, it portrays its message in a very well written form. Despite its short duration, the film slowly unfolds its layers but all you have to do is to be patient. They are all shown to be doing things that they might have done if they were alive. The hints on characters are somewhere inspired by real cases- Nirbhaya, Kathua, Unnao, Hyderabad, raped by cab driver, violated by male members of the family, for belonging to a certain religion or caste.
It’s so ironic that we consider women as the embodiment of goddess and bind her with a set of rigid rules. These rules are more exploitative than adoring. Their beauty is temptation therefore should be kept hidden, they are an epitome of power so that we can exploit her threshold of pain and patience, we call them maternal so that we may exploit their love and this goes on forever. Sadly, the mythical version of women is worshipped but we fail to treat our real life women rightly. Whenever something wrong happens it's because they didn’t abide by the rules or have crossed their line. They might have worn short clothes, might have been wandering late at night, must have signaled wrongly and what not. It is never a man’s fault. Is it?
A Raavan with 10 heads is still easy to tackle but what to do if there is a Raavan in every nook and corner.
The message of the film is brilliantly conveyed that this world is beyond saving and it will take much longer time for things to change. Until then this sisterhood and courage is that will keep our women going.
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