The beauty about fine cinema is that it forces you to introspect. Consider two movies Water and Dor. Ironically , both films dealt with how we , society , deal with widows. What was huge upsetting was the fact while waster was based in 1938, Dor is perhaps based in today’s world . Nearly 70 years later, little has changed . The ostracisation and the atrocities are similar.
Consider a shocking statistic that makes me conclude that in spite of our boasts of being a knowledge economy, we are nothing but a society of of illiterates . There are ,according to the 2001 census over 34 million widows lead extremely pathetic lives. In Water , a widow asks the priest why they must follow this practice when the law doesn’t force it on them. He says : “To hamare liye achha hai, hum usey jaantey nahi . Aur agar jaantey hai, usey pehchaante nahi.” At that point I lost it. This had to stop. Why should women have to die everyday, even while living , just because their husband had died ? This is stone age sensibility.
We cannot be celebrating Indra Nooyi while forcing 7-year olds to tonsure their heads because of child marriages. No one visits those absurd custom. No one says hello to these horrible situations. We are all a bunch of under-the-carpet coward . The issues we grapple which are absurd: politics , civic amenities. our priorities are out of place. Equality of gender is the most basic human cause to embrace and rectify . Women are no longer anyone’s handmaidens .Let’s face it.
Each time one sees the movies like Water and Dor , no one likes to excuse it with the thought that may be illiteracy was responsible for all of this in the past. But what about now?
I am sure there could be stringent legislation against this. Perhaps, its not a fashionable cause of many . But I think , someone somewhere can put end to this nonsense. When a man see film like Dor and Water , he must be ashamed of being a man.