Last year , on the day of the Theme Reveal I’d taken a 5AM flight in the morning , a bus journey to another city at 5PM ,  posted my theme reveal around midnight & stayed up to read countless blogs thereafter.

The inspirational story about my Theme Reveal this year is that I have one!

So on that exciting note , let’s kickstart the countdown to April when I’d be blogging daily [ minus the Sundays ] as a part of the AtoZChallenge 2017 . The two genre I love to write about would come together in this space as an alphabet inspired post per day.

Women & Movies!

Since the year began , I’ve explored various narratives concerning representation of women. For the AtoZChallenge , I’d be extending this stream of thought in the contemporary Indian mainstream cinema.

As Indians movies have been such an integral part of our lives , they’re almost a religion to us. We have watched those beautiful tales unfold on the Silverscreen . Daydreamt our life with soundtracks playing in the background , have obsessed over celeb-trivia & watched those larger than life characters with star-crossed love.

But beyond the song & dance , the movies are also an industry with its set of rules and ways of business . We know it runs because of its leading men but then again the leading ladies make them the ‘heroes’. So the women are there for a purpose in most mainstream Indian movies but how relevant are they to the larger story is something we barely give too much thought to as long as they look beautiful and dance like magic.

As per a study on Female characters in popular cinema across 11 countries called Gender Bias Without Borders by Geena Davis Institute of Gender in Media & UN Women , Indian movies topped the charts in under & stereotypical representation of women in popular movies.  Indian movies focus on aesthetics isn’t breaking news , but it was shocking to know in our movies more than 1/3 of female characters are ‘objectified’ , the highest across the sample .

The screen time and space women enjoyed in powerful roles was significantly lesserWith women taking up less than 1/4th of screen ‘speaking’ time in our movies , we were at the bottom. Even the numbers behind the screen weren’t very positive as lesser women contribute in the mainstream ‘Bollywood’ industry as producers or scriptwriter than most others included in the study,  as low as 1 female for every 6 males are involved in the process of film-making.

But those are stats and blogging isn’t about mathematics , it’s about opinions . So what’s my point?

The ‘Women in Movies’ series here won’t be exploring these gaps , it’ll be celebrating everything that’s right.

All through April , explore with me characters that make us question those facts .

The women that aren’t just a pretty face like the wallpaper adding to the overall screen décor , they are critical to the narrative . They make the entire movie run around them, they move the story forward .

Characters that are strong , poignant , beautiful and most importantly real & relatable .

I am collaborating with Jaibala Rao who is blogging about iconic movies of our generation here . Click here to join me in my #AtoZChallenge journey this April as I explore women representation in contemporary movies. If you find my theme interesting and/or are participating in AtoZ too, drop a note or connect with me on Twitter and let the conversations begin.

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61 thoughts on “Women In Movies #AtoZChallenge #ThemeReveal

  • March 20, 2017 at 12:16 am
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    Wow! Deadly combination! Women in movies – you and Jai! I am so looking forward to reading your posts. Cheers to a fantastic April <3
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    • March 20, 2017 at 8:11 am
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      Thank you Shalini . Between the two of us – we have covered everything interesting that there is in the world of blogging . Cooking, Movies , Travel and Women 🙂

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  • March 20, 2017 at 12:37 am
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    Pretty interesting theme Chandni and I’m sure you will rock it. I’m already thinking about the 26 lovely lessons you will showcase. Good luck and you will see me around.
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    • March 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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      Thanks Parul, I’ll be talking about the ‘characters’ that women shaped in recent years on screen that have become a corner stone / benchmark of how women are viewed more positively in cinema.
      Do share suggestions..
      Chandni recently posted…Women In Movies #AtoZChallenge #ThemeRevealMy Profile

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:43 am
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    I am a big movie fan and look forward to the films and female characters you will be highlighting during the challenge. WeekendsInMaine

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    • March 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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      Thanks Karen.. I am looking forward to blogging together in April

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:57 am
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    Interesting,I hope you are gonna entertain everyone with this theme. Waiting to read your posts women in movies.
    My wishes😊

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    • March 20, 2017 at 8:27 am
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      Thanks Roshan . I look forward to suggestions from your side too 🙂

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  • March 20, 2017 at 8:33 am
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    That’s a beautiful theme… I myself have many favorite female characters like Rekha with hunter and Damini… The objectification of women these days is a very sad trend. I am looking forward to read your posts 😀
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    • March 21, 2017 at 7:44 pm
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      Thanks Raj! Those are good suggestions.. do come back to see if I cover them and please please do suggest more if they cross your mind. Thanks so much!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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      Thanks Lata , you aren’t participating? couldn’t find your theme reveal post on the blog!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:05 am
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    That’s a great theme. As a fan of Indian cinema I just know I’m going to enjoy your posts. Will be dropping by for sure.
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  • March 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    aaah…what a wonderful wonderful theme! I am so glad you are taking up this subject! I look forward to your posts through April & the insights I believe you and you can shed light on!
    Good Luck!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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      Thanks so much.. have a great time blogging all through april..

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  • March 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm
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    So interesting!! I can’t wait to see your posts. I love learning about other cultures. #AtoZchallenge

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  • March 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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    I haven’t watched many movies, but out of the few ones I’ve watched very few were women-centric. Talk about subset within a subset!

    I hope that Queen and Barfi make their way in your list! Queen, because Kangana was fabulous as hell in that movie, and Barfi, because Ileana and Priyanka did their bestest ever in that movie.

    Will surely check out All your posts in April, for some handy tips on which flicks to catch after the exams 😀

    All the best, Chandni ❤😘
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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    Great theme! I would love to read about women in Cinema, its high time they get better roles, so that the audience have great role models on screen.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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    That’s an interesting theme Chandni. I am already looking forward to reading your posts as I love everything about movies. Recently there were many women-oriented movies in Bollywood. There is a change but still a long way to go. All the best Chandni 🙂
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  • March 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    As a big fan of everything Bollywood I look forward to reading your posts, Chandni! Your theme is a superhit!:)

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  • March 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    That’s a brilliant theme. If anyone can do justice to it, it’s you.
    Are Jai and you gonna share the posts on both your blogs or just one? How is the collab thing being planned out?
    Sreesha recently posted…Theme Reveal! #AtoZChallenge – 2017My Profile

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  • March 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    This is gonna be an exciting ride! Looking forward to some kick-ass girl power in action! Cheers Chandni!

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  • March 20, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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    This is going to be a wonderful read. Fabulous them. Can’t wait.

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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:25 pm
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    That’s a super theme Chandni, the roles that our leading ladies do in the Hindi or south movie industry (or anywhere actually) specially the likes of Miss Kaif are no brainer bimbette sort – which i seriously don’t know why they exist!! Collaboratin is so cool. Wy didn’t I get such an idea – is it like 13, 13? That would be so nice! Tip for next year.
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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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    I am a movie lover and also fall in the band wagon of feminists. So good for me… I totally relate to this theme. Choice matters and i loved your’s. Looking forward to read more

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  • March 20, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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    Chandni, the moment I read about your theme you had my attention. There’s soooooo much that needs to be talked about women in movies. Thank you for choosing this theme 🙂

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  • March 21, 2017 at 1:00 am
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    This sound too interesting to read Chandni. This will not only throw some light on Bollywood but I am sure you will come up with some interesting hidden stories and facts. Will be around. Its my first time for the challenge and I am excited.

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    • March 21, 2017 at 9:07 am
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      Upasna , its so heartening to see people whove supported me all along to have expectations from the content I am putting together. Its slightly humbling and very nerve wrecking:)
      First times are really exciting . You’ll be overwhelmed with all the Blog love you’ll get .
      Thank you for the faith and happy blogging together through April!

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    • March 21, 2017 at 9:04 am
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      Thanks Shari ! Look forward to blog together through A to Z !

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  • March 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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    Hey, I’m a movie buff too! I’m going to enjoy this theme big-time. You’ve selected a versatile theme, there are so many women-centric characters that are inspiring, especially in Hindi cinema. Looking forward to reading on this in April!

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    • March 22, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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      Thanks Vinodini ! Glad to connect with you 🙂

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  • March 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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    I love to read about powerful women and women who stand up for themselves. Always. Anywhere. In Indian movies will certainly be a refreshing take. And what a fun way to do this in collaboration with another blogger! Great job, Chandni and Jai. Look forward to April.
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  • March 24, 2017 at 2:16 am
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    I love that you would talk about the bright side. There are some inspirational women roles that changed the way we perceived women. It’s a great theme – movies and women – rolled into one.

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  • March 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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    Hello Chandni 🙂
    That is absolutely an interesting topic. I mean we all talk about women and topics revolving around it but then taking up as a theme for an #atozchallenge would definitely influence or let the mindset of many people out there get thinking.

    P.S – am wondering would be it Z for Zoya Akhtar or Z for Zeenath Aman. 🙂 😉

    Sneha from Life as a Potpourri and this is my second year into #AtoZChallenge. I welcome you all to visit my blog and this years theme i have chosen as
    Amazing Andamans
    Wishing you all the best!!
    Happy blogging 🙂
    ~~ gal from the island ~~

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  • March 25, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    I eagerly look forward to your posts this April, Chandni. Your theme caught my attention the minute I saw it on Twitter! The sad reality stems from KJos of the country pointing fingers at the Kangana Ranauts for simply speaking up. There needs to be MORE talk on how women have played a key role in changing the face of Indian Cinema.

    Good luck!

    P.S : Dropped a not so subtle hint for the letter K 🙂

    Cheers,
    Anjali – Day-dreamer, occasional writer and guitar hobbyist.
    https://akprowling.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/blogging-from-a-z-challenge-theme-release/

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  • March 27, 2017 at 7:01 am
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    Hey CM, this is a great theme and perhaps you can only do a justification to this. Wishing you all the best and will look forward to your posts. I will be curious to see your take on Women in Indian movies pre , post Independence and also post liberalisation era. Wow I am excited as I am a movie buff too.
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  • March 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm
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    Wow, what a beautiful and kickass theme! It is about time someone gave due to the women in movies. Oh there are so many characters that I can think of in the back of my mind and I’m hoping you’ll write about some of them atleast. Lovely thought behind it too 🙂

    I’ll be back every day of April!
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  • March 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    Brilliant! Brilliant! Just brilliant! I am a media student myself and the theme you chose has a vast area to explore and talk about. This is one of the most underrated issue of our country, one the most people don’t care about. But, it is indeed an reflection of modern day patriarchy. I am definitely gonna tag along with you on this one!
    ~Madhu
    from Purrfectgirl

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  • April 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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    I know nothing of Indian films but the stats you mentioned are no surprise to me. I hope you focus more on significant women over superficial ‘beautiful’ ones. Really looking forward to these posts though!

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