We are in the year 2020 and yet, encountering a film where the protagonist is a woman with a role of substance, still comes across as a breath of fresh air. In honour of International Women’s Day, we take a look at some of our ZEE5 Originals that aptly fit this bill. Here’s to great cinema that is as progressive as it is entertaining!
The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee is one movie with a sharp, spunky plot that addresses outdated views of patriarchy that are sadly prevalent even today. It opens with a young talented make-up artist meeting her prospective groom. She immediately realises that he’s just looking for someone to take care of all his daily needs so that he can concentrate on pursuing his own dreams (alas, a scenario all too common!). She tells him a story, one of a narcissistic man whose only ambition is to win the Nobel Prize in literature, and who ignores his poor wife who suffers in silence. A tongue-in-cheek reference to her own potential situation, the movie proves to be a stinging commentary on social mores in a very witty way! Swastika Mukherjee plays the wife in the tale, and her performance is truly heart-wrenching in this highly satisfying film.