1324108 / 2nd Sem. M.A English
Mass Communication / MEL 235
Prof. Anil Joseph Pinto and Prof. Vijayaganesh
Feminist approach of the movie ABCD (American Born Confused Desi)
Abstract: Cinema is meant and believed to entertain, to take the viewer to a world that is starkly different from the real one, a world which provides escape from the daily grind of life. Cinema is a popular media of mass consumption which plays a key role in molding opinions, constructing images and reinforcing dominant cultural values. The paper deals with representations of women characters in mainstream Molly Wood movies like 'ABCD' (American Born Confused Desi). It is deemed appropriate to examine this issue because women are a major chunk of the country's population and hence their portrayal on screen is crucial in determining the furtherance of already existing stereotypes in the society. This paper begins the description of how women are portrayed in the movie as a strong character without any support of a man. It also undertakes some glimpses from the film to analyze the portrayal.
Key Words: Cinema, Molly wood, movies, feminist, empowerment.
Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. Since 1970s, feminist ﬁlm theory has revolutionized the way that ﬁlms and their spectators can be understood. Feminist film theory has played a major role in improving the depiction of women role in the movies, the theory became the orthodox form of film theory, and such was the influence of it over the film industry.
The Aftermath of the World War 2 started giving importance to women because; it was an important time period in the continued development of gender roles in the United States. Because of the need for extra labor, women were for the first time, allowed to work outside the home in large numbers. This changed the perspective of women toward work, toward themselves, toward society and toward their place in society. As a literary and then a filmic response to these massive changes a new narrative style emerged in the movie industry called the film noir. Film noir elevated the importance of women, often giving female characters a much more central role, showing women with greater strength and with more self-sufficiency. But these newly empowered women were also most often portrayed as inherently bad, or, at the very least, not as good as the Hollywood Virgin of earlier cinema.
The researcher concludes that, the film has indeed shown the empowerment of women. This is not the old age where women are considered as the second sex, they have come up in equal to the men this is a new age for women. Hitler's thoughts of woman has to be confined to the kitchen has rusted and withered away, they do not exist anymore.