The latest crusade by Bollywoood filmmakers to highlight Women Safety Issues through short films depicting various women sensitive issues like rape, eve teasing, sexual harassment, domestic violence etc have got a new momentum with Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit joining the bandwagon.
In her short film titled START WITH THE BOYS, Madhuri Dixit tackles the sensitive issue of domestic violence meted on women. The movie directed by Vinil Mathew, who made the movie HASEE TOH PHASEE brings home the ugly truth how Indian boys since infancy are taught at every stage of their life that ‘Boys don't cry’ and inculcated the practice of physical abuse and mental harassment to their female partner.
The movie depicts how an innocent woman is tortured by a man, either her husband or partner and in the backdrop is shown Madhuri Dixit giving the important massage "From the beginning, we teach boys not to cry. Perhaps it time we taught them not to make others cry!".
Madhuri Dixit, who has given earlier power-packed performances in films like LAJJA and MRITYUDAND and is even today playing such women centric roles like the crusading activist in her upcoming film GULAAB GANG believes in the feminism that stems from within. She says, “I do believe women should have their own voice, they should be independent, and they should stand on their own. I do believe in feminism.”
It may be noted that short film depicting social message has become a trend. Eminent Bollywood Anurag Kashyap, who made the brilliant short film THAT DAY AFTER EVERY DAY, depicting how women are made to keep tight-lipped after being raped or molested believes that Bollywood stars in short films giving out social messages receives instant attention and helps in a big way to reach out the message instantly.
The other short films that have taken the nation by storm include Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s, GOING HOME, Kalki Koechlin's RAPE: IT'S YOUR FAULT and East India Comedy's I AM NOT A WOMAN.