For years I longed to do a film with firebrand Indian women in lead roles because shockingly 96% of female roles in Indian cinema have the woman as an accessory, a decoration, or a lover (translate that to the female cast being sexy), or playing a mother, or sister whose “izzat”(honour) the hero or “big bro” must protect. Alternatively, she is the ultimate ‘IT’ girl! Her male lead must have a gun and a female counterpart but the film caters to males: it must be a testosterone driven film. Female roles are glamourized and there’s always a dance or ‘gaana’ (song). Of course the glamour doesn’t dignify the woman and it’s still the guy’s movie!
Be it action, rom-com, thriller… the man must dominate more screen time, say the real lines and win the women over. Even the recent lot of all Bollywood buddy movies run high on male testosterone, as if women don’t “buddy” or connect with each other!! As a filmmaker who loves women and everything feminine, I have been witnessing an outcry from the Indian women for gender equality, respect and dignity. Thus, I was compelled to use their fury as my fuel to fire up the ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES!