The female directors of Bollywood are making bolder themed movies and therefore, controversial in their own way. It is good to see, that women are directing more and more of realistic and non-commercial cinema. Let’s have a look at the unconventional art work of some of these daring ladies of Bollywood.
Mira Nair (Kama Sutra)
Film: Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Theme: Presence of heterosexual as well as homosexual elements
The movie ‘Kamasutra: A Tale of Love’ is an American film directed by Mira Nair. This Indian producer and director, based in New York beautifully crafted the theme of the movie. Her film Kamasutra portrays heterosexuality and homosexuality of ancient India. It is a story of two girls set in the 16th century in search for passion, pleasure and power.
Aparna Sen (15 Park Avenue)
Film: 15 Park Avenue
Theme: Gang raped and schizophrenic protagonist
Aparna Sen is a renowned actress, film maker and a script writer. She has won several national and international film awards. The story of her film ’15 Park Avenue’ is based between reality and illusion. The movie depicts the life of a woman who was gang raped and suffers from Schizophrenia.
Deepa Mehta (Fire)
The movie ‘Fire’ is written and directed by the critically acclaimed Deepa Mehta. The storyline of the film is based on homosexuality between two women, living together as sister in laws. Their frustrated desires and love starvation makes them come closer to each other.
Pooja Bhatt (Paap)
Theme: Instincts and sexual desires of the protagonist
Pooja Bhatt is into both producing and directing films. The movie “Paap” is the directorial debut of Pooja Bhatt and it has received many critical acclaims. The story of the movie is based on controlling the natural desires of a woman in search for the ultimate truth.
Revathy (Phir milenge)
Film: Phir Milenge
Theme: Protagonist suffering from HIV
Revathy, the Indian film director and actress, is a national film award winner. Lately, she has won her 3rd national award for short film, ‘Red building where the sun sets’. In the movie ‘Phir Milenge’, the story revolves around the life of a woman who has been affected by HIV. It is based on the journey where she fights for her rights.
Nandita Das (Firaaq)
Theme: 2002, violence in Gujarat
Nandita Das is an award winning film director and actress. She has received several accolades both national and international for her directorial debut ‘Firaaq’. The story of Firaaq is a political thriller movie and is based on the controversial issue of Gujarat riots in 2002 in India. Through the film, Nandita Das tries to portray many true stories of the people in Gujarat.
Ekta Kapoor ( Co-producer, The dirty picture)
Film: The Dirty Picture
Theme: Controversial life of Southern Actress Silk Smitha
Ekta Kapoor, the daughter of the yesteryear film actor Jeetendra, is an Indian TV and film producer. Her sensational blockbuster ‘The Dirty Picture’ is based on the biography of the Southern actress, Silk Smitha. The story of the film depicts the struggling life of the actress in a male dominated society. The movie, so far has received three national awards along with Filmfare and Screen awards in India.