October 17, 2007

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DIRECTOR PRADEEP Sarkar seems to be suffering a hangover from his earlier movie Parineeta Synthetic Synthroid, , which was based in pre-Independence times. What else can explain his deplorably regressive ideas and sensibilities in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. For while the film vociferously proclaims its understanding of the "quintessential modern Indian woman", its storyline falls back on simplistic labels and trite solutions. Worse, it reinforces stereotypes that one had hoped Hindi movies left behind in the Eighties. Plot summary here. The "fallen woman" is hardly a new theme in literature or film, and certainly not in Bollywood. I won't get into a discussion on how prostitution is viewed within feminism here but LCMD is difficult even if one goes in knowing (and therefore prepared for) the premise that prostitution is degrading, Synthetic Synthroid. Synthetic Synthroid coupon, To begin with, the entire film is fraught with strong messages on women's sexuality and morality. The importance of "purity" is evoked repeatedly. The primary issue with prostitution is not, according to Sarkar, health, safety, legality, exploitation or violence -- but that it destroys a woman's "purity", 20mg Synthetic Synthroid. It is symbolic that the film starts in Banaras, next to the Ganges and moves to Mumbai (that den of vice which devours innocent girls). Synthetic Synthroid, There are many references to "ganga maiyya" as a source of purity. And if you thought words like "pavitrata" had finally been eased out of Bollywood vocabulary, think again. It is the fulcrum of this film.

There was ample opportunity within the storyline to show other effects or implications of commercial sex work. The fact that Sarkar chooses to make purity the crux of the matter harks back to an earlier time when nothing was considered as important for a woman as her chastity. Surely, we've moved on since then, Synthetic Synthroid. 250mg Synthetic Synthroid, Apparently not.

The story starts when after a host of problems befall the family, the elder daughter Badki (Ranu Mukherjee) decides to go to Mumbai to look for work. The main motivation is that her father regrets not having a son and she wants to prove that she can "be a son". In Mumbai, she fails to find a job and in desperation, has sex with someone who has promised her a job in return. Synthetic Synthroid, Of course, he reneges on his promise. Defeated and disillusioned, she morphs herself into a sophisticated call girl, Synthetic Synthroid uk. The gender statement here is hard to miss. Girls should be girls and not try to be boys (wandering off to big, bad cities and all that) because they will end up as prostitutes. And the only way a girl can "be a son" is by selling sex. One might argue that such things do happen in reality but by introducing the gender element, Sarkar opens this discussion -- and does not address it any satisfactory way through the movie, Synthetic Synthroid.

Badki's transformation from a 'normal' woman to a call girl is depicted through a highly glamourized song sequence. While the lyrics speak of pain, numbness and silence, 1000mg Synthetic Synthroid, the picturization is more like a fun makeover. One is not quite sure whether this is a step down or a step up for Badki. Is she to be pitied or admired. Synthetic Synthroid, Is prostitution empowering or degrading. Sarkar himself seems rather confused. In the scene before this, a chic Suchitra Pillai tells her to "play their (men's) game but by her rules, to use men instead of letting them use her". Through the rest of the movie, however, Synthetic Synthroid us, Badki clearly does not represent power in any form and is a figure of pathos.

The actual nitty-gritty details of Badki's profession are glossed over. While she looks tragic from time to time, there is little indication of the nature of her tragedy, Synthetic Synthroid. Again, the focal point is that she has "lost her purity". Sarkar fills the screen with glam clothes, fancy cars and a to-die-for apartment. But his heroine is still a Victim, Synthetic Synthroid australia, and lest you forget that, he has her pensively staring out at the city from time to time. This is where logic completely fails. Synthetic Synthroid, If she is so unhappy with what she is doing and she has enough money now, why doesn't she change her circumstances. She is clever enough to learn English, work on her diction, develop a fashion sense, learn sophisticated make-up tricks and even conduct herself suitably at international conferences. She knows the Hanuman Chalisa by rote (good memory), is able to charm and befriend people (high EQ), Synthetic Synthroid canada, and knows what trademarks and patents are. But she does not think of completing her education, taking a course, learning something or investing. Why not. Is it possible then that she chooses this lifestyle, as is the case with many sophisticated call girls, Synthetic Synthroid. But we can't have the heroine doing that, can we. 40mg Synthetic Synthroid, Because at its core, this movie is about 'sin' and redemption. And Sarkar has a very definite view on what form this redemption should take. In this world view, a woman cannot climb out or up by herself. Synthetic Synthroid, She cannot assume control over her own life -- even when she has enough money. Only the love of a good man can save her.

In a cringe-worthy scene at the end, Badki confesses to her suitor Rohan (Abhishek Bachchan) and begs him to let his brother marry her sister who is "purer than the waters of the Ganga". He (heroically) not only accepts her, Synthetic Synthroid usa, but also respects her (gasp!), because while her body is impure, her soul is not. His reasoning for this is that she recited the Hanuman Chalisa during the flight on which they first met. Just imagine -- if she had used swear words instead when the plane hit air pockets, her chances would have been dashed, Synthetic Synthroid.

So the unhappy girl who set out to be a boy and made a pretty mess of it comes back to happiness via another prescribed gender role -- that of a wife. Her bright and independent sister (Konkona Sen Sharma) falls in love and follows her man to Paris. What happens to her career (for which her family put her through an expensive MBA course) is not addressed. It's obviously not important.

In the end, all LCMD amounts to is a bunch of stereotypical and sometimes offensive messages in a glitzy, emotional package. While reviewers may have panned it, I saw most people leaving the hall with happy nods. And I wondered when we will have "feel good" movies that involve a woman attaining self-realization through something other than glorious matrimony.

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