In India and around the world, 2017 was a tumultuous year for feminism. A look at the watershed moments:
At the SCO summit, the two leaders bonded over Dangal and agreed to give a positive spin to discussions relating to trade, connectivity investment and global security.
The victim, Amalraj Dasan, was allegedly hit on his face by a person for not standing up while the national anthem was being played in a scene during the screening of film Dangal.
The recent verbal attack on Dangal star Zaira Wasim is symptomatic of an unholy entanglement of religion and politics that had led to a shrinking space for women in public life.
From Aligarh to Udta Punjab, Hindi cinema this past year has explored unusual themes of homosexuality, drug abuse and patriarchy that not too long ago were unthinkable in mainstream cinema.
Dangal succeeds in making us cheer for young women who break gender stereotypes. But it fails to problematise the patriarchy of the central protagonist.
Though ‘Dangal’ tries to have women challenge traditional male spaces, the patriarchal notions of the Khap panchayat are replicated in the baap played by Aamir Khan.
In a world where women are simply handed down their limits to be followed in every sphere of life, Dangal kicks at conventions through pure act, through the sheer body of the female.
‘Dangal’ wants to have the best of both drama and reality, but ends up being stranded in no man’s land.