Zoya Akhtar Says That The Men We See In Films Today Have Changed To An Extent. Yes, But Not Nearly Enough, We Think
We have been on a spree- talking about movies, shows and all of that from the perspective of women. And while a lot has been said and written about how cinema is changing, do we think it has changed enough? Definitely not. Yes, we are seeing more interesting content, more diverse storylines and women are being given meatier roles. Perhaps the men are becoming less toxic. I say perhaps because, well, there was a Kabir Singh just this year that broke all box office records, so…
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Zoya Akhtar has directed blockbuster films like Gully Boy, Dil Dhadakne Do and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was recently spotted at the Indian film festival of Melbourne. The stunning director spoke about the representation of male and female characters in recent films and the way their layered characters have been written.”The men who we see on screen have changed. Their stories and their characters are today far different. Look at Vicky Kaushal in Raazi, it was such a beautiful character. And the credit goes to Meghna for it, because she could write this part. We are trying to project men who we want to see on screens.”
“The characters you create have to go deeper than the surface. You have to show what’s not seen before. There has to be nuances. The idea is to create a psychology that will connect better with the audience,” Zoya Akhtar concluded. Zoya is one of the finest directors we have in Hindi cinema and when asked on what drove her in becoming a director, she said, “I was young and till then I had a certain perception of what constitutes as cinema. Till I watched Salaam Bombay. That switch that you can make what you want happened with that film. I try to make movies I can watch.”
On the professional front, Zoya will be working on her short film for Netflix’s upcoming anthology Ghost Stories. According to the reports Janhvi Kapoor has been roped to play the lead role!