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The Rising of Women Power in Indian Media!

Sheila Ki Jawani
In ‘filmy’ India or in the recently ‘vibrant’ controversial and liberal Indian media, the year 2010 saw women power on the rise!

Whether it is ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ ( film ‘Dabangg’) item number performed by Malaika Arora Khan (along with her ‘real’ brother in law Salman Khan?) or the ‘Sheila ki Jawani’ song/ dance sequence played by the No. 1 Star Katrina Kaif in the movie Tees Maar Khan – it is clear that women are no longer timid, reserved and indulging in self-denial, in most of the social networks/ parties they get into. Women have never displayed such narcissism earlier – Scantily-clad Sheila declares she wants to hug and hold herself in the song ‘Sheila ki Jawani’ from the latest movie Tees Maar Khan! All along, in the Indian films, since Machismo was celebrated – right from the start – it was Dharmendra exhibiting and flexing his muscles and in the recent past, Salman Khan frequently getting bare-bodied and shirtless!

Now, enter the “singleton” woman who doesn’t really need a ‘Man’ around – a husband or a boyfriend to define herself. The latest act being Actress Rani Mukherjee getting into a lip-lock with co-star Vidya Balan on the TV screen to sensationalize as well promote their next film ‘No one killed Jessica’! Such kind of exhibitionism was not really appreciated or ignored in the past. Now, it has become a ‘Power Statement’ for women – they do not need an escort anymore, to remind them the morality standards expected from them. Unlike in earlier times, Indian women do not necessarily closet themselves within the four walls or cover themselves from head to toe to upkeep the demure womanly behavior expected from a Man’s world!

Sania Mirza does not even bat an eye-lid, if her ‘religious’ heads ban her from wearing short mini-skirts on the tennis court! Who cares?? It is absolutely fair to display her skin, she feels – if the male players can do it. In recent times, women have become ‘loudmouth’ in reality shows on television – with brattish tantrums and liberal sprinkling of bad words! Do we term them all – as a exultant cry of a breed of post-feminism femme fatales – who are determined to celebrate women power like never before?

Be it politics, business, sport or entertainment – She-La Ki Kahani had all the twists and turns, despite all the brouhaha against her in the media


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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