© Media Watch 10 (3) 751-761, 2019
ISSN 0976-0911 E-ISSN 2249-8818
India of the 1970s and Gulzar’s Construction of Gender: Aandhi as a Case for Indian Women
SNDT Women’s University, India
This paper examines the social construction of gender by Gulzar in the film Aandhi and maps it with the cultural and socio-political changes that took place in the country during that era. Aandhi1 is the first Hindi film that narrates the dilemma of a modern woman politician – a space largely occupied by men. Gulzar went against the norms of film making in the seventies and directed a film based on woman politician which broke certain gender stereotypes. Aarti, the female protagonist in the film, wishes to have everything in life at her whims and fancies. She is a non-conformist. She challenges the norms set by society and refuses to become a sandwich between her father’s selfish ambitions and husband’s patriarchal needs.
Keywords: Aandhi, gender, Gulzar, India cinema, Hindi cinema
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Deeksha Chamola (Ph.D., IGNOU, New Delhi, 2017) is a post-doctoral fellow at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Her areas of interest are films, gender, advertising, public relations, and social media.