Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah and Vijay Varma’s ‘Darlings’ movie is streaming on the OTT platform Netflix. This film has tried to show a serious social problem such as domestic violence in a new way. This is the reason why people like the movie so much. By the way, many Hindi movies have been made in Bollywood about domestic violence. These include movie names like ‘Daman’, ‘Lajja’, ‘Mehndi’, ‘Agnisakshi’, ‘Provoked’ and ‘Tappad’. It has been shown in these movies how women have been oppressed in society outside and inside the home. They are harassed mentally and physically. There is no one to do this, but those women are yours. These include the persons of the husband or in-laws. Sometimes, for ego satisfaction, women have sometimes been beaten even on small things.
In earlier times, women used to put up with the atrocities that befell them. She was forced to live her life by drowning. But over time, as society changed, there was an awakening among women, not all of them, but some women stopped enduring the atrocities against them. For this she turned to the law. If necessary, she then went to the police station and to the court. Many women even divorced their husbands to free themselves from the hellish life. These changes in society were also seen in the cinema. Domestic violence has been shown in different ways in all eras of cinema. In the new era of cinema, women are shown to be more powerful. Now women in movies not only protest, but also take revenge for atrocities committed against them when necessary. As seen in the movie ‘Darlings’.
Let’s meet five of those important movies…
1. Movie- Daman
Subject – Marital rape
Release Date: May 4, 2001
Starcast: Raveena Tandon, Sayaji Shinde, Sanjay Suri, Raima Sen, Bharti Jaffrey, and Shano
Director- Kalpana Lajmi
The film ‘Daman’ is based on a sensitive topic such as marital rape. Before this no film was made on this subject. But through this film, the director Kalpana Lajmi had started a new debate in the country. However, marital rape is still not considered a crime in our country. While women’s organizations have been demanding for a long time that he be taken to the criminal sphere. If her husband has a physical relationship with her by force without her wife’s consent, then it is called marital rape. But the Indian Penal Code does not consider it a crime. According to one report, 82 percent of married women in the country are victims of sexual violence by their husbands. 6 percent of married women have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives. 30 percent of women are those who have suffered physical or sexual violence by their husbands. In the film, Raveena Tandon’s character Durga has been shown to be a victim of marital rape. Durga kills her husband after being injured by her physical and mental torture. After the release of this film, there was a tremendous debate about marital rape and domestic violence.
2. Cinema- Lajja
Subject – Feminism
Release Date: August 31, 2001
Starcast: Manisha Koirala, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Aarti Chhabria, Mahima Chaudhary, Rekha, Sharman Joshi, and Ajay Devgan
Director- Rajkumar Santoshi
In 2001, Raveena Tandon’s film ‘Daman’ was followed by Rajkumar Santoshi’s director ‘Lajja’ which was based on domestic violence and women’s issues. This film shows the story of four of those women, who are tortured a lot by their own husbands. The four women raise their voices against this oppression. When she objects to this, she joins in to fight for her rights. The characters of these four women were played by Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Manisha Koirala and Mahima Chaudhary. Based on the plight and feminism of women in society and the family, the film satirises the restrictions placed on women as well as the respect with which they are held in society. In this film, women’s troubles and pain were accurately portrayed on the screen, which was closely felt by people.
Subject- Dotal System
Release Date: November 13, 1998
Starcast- Rani Mukerji and Faraz Khan
Director- Chetan Prakash
The movie ‘Mehndi’, released in 1998, has prominently shown a serious social problem such as the dowry system. Women have been oppressed for hundreds of years in the name of dowry. If the girl came to her parents-in-law’s house with money and goods, then it’s fine, otherwise they make fun of her and kill her alive. Sometimes in-laws set people on fire. As girls’ education has improved in the new era, these cases have decreased, but they are by no means over. In this film, Rani Mukerji, who is married to Faraz Khan, is a middle-class woman who after marriage adopts her husband and her family with all her heart. However, when the boy’s family does not receive the dowry money from her, they begin to question her queen character and also physically and mentally abuse her. In the movie, Rani teaches her husband and her in-laws a lesson.
4. Cinema- Thappad
Subject- Domestic Violence
Release date: February 28, 2020
Starcast: Taapsee Pannu, Dia Mirza, Pavail Gulati and Kumud Mishra
Director- Anubhav Sinha
In Taapsee Pannu’s film ‘Tappad’, an attempt has been made to show how important it is to speak out against domestic violence and assault. Gone are the days when women used to endure the tyranny of their husbands or fathers-in-law. Now new age women know how to speak out against the violence that happens to them. The heroine of the film also does the same. She does not easily accept a slap from her husband, but even breaks off the relationship with him to teach him a lesson. In the film, Taapsee Pannu played the character of a woman named Amrita who is a perfect wife, daughter-in-law, and daughter. She has sacrificed at home and family. She learns to be happy only in the happiness of her husband. But at a party at her house, her husband slaps her in public. After that everything changes. Amrita’s eyes widen. She goes to her house. She divorces her husband.
5. Movie – Provoked
Subject – Abusive Relationships
Release date: June 14, 2006
Starcast: Aishwarya Rai, Naveen Andrews, Miranda Richardson, Nandita Das and Robbie Coltrane
Director- Jag Mundra
The film ‘Provoked’ is a British biographical drama based on the biography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a woman of Punjabi origin living in England. Kiranjeet, fed up with her husband’s harassment, kills him. It has been shown in the film that after marriage, the kind of physical and mental torture that women must go through in an abusive relationship. The film stars Aishwarya Rai in the title role, who plays Kiranjit Ahluwalia. After 10 years of marriage, Kiranjeet gets fed up with her husband’s cruelty to the point that she sets him on fire. In this case, Kiranjit is imprisoned. But in prison she meets an English friend, who sympathizes with him. Gradually, the matter comes before an NGO, which demands Kiranjit’s release. After this, Kiranjit is released.