THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 August 2017
Women : Gender and Media
A TRIBUTE
Mahasweta Devi in cinema

Mahasweta Devi remains a writer whose work was almost impossible to express through cinema, writes Shoma Chatterji paying a tribute to the legendary writer and social activist.

Society Films and Books Adivasis Media

WOMAN'S CONSENT
Painting the country Pink Will a ‘NO’ from a woman remain ‘NO’? Asks Shoma A. Chatterji while reviewing the movie, Pink.
Films Women
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Where hidden identities wait for justice Naam Poribortito, the debut film of activist Mitali Biswas, reveals the dark and gory underbelly of West Bengal in particular, and the nation at large, where rape victims are denied justice and crusaders are silenced more often than not. Shoma Chatterji has more on the film and its portrayals.
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VAW IN INDIAN CINEMA
Should films have statutory warnings on violence against women? A 90-second video put together by a group of women activists demands a pop-up statutory warning on screen every time a woman is assaulted or abused. Shoma Chatterji critiques the video, raising several questions over its content as well as the stance that it takes.
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FILM REVIEW: QUISSA
The strange tale of the 'son' who wasn't! Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost, a recently-released feature film, exposes the shocking depths of insanity to which a father may be driven by his obsession with a male heir. Shoma Chatterji reviews the film, underlining the brutal, patriarchal society that it lays bare.
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ASTROLOGY SHOWS
Predicting rape on television! Mars missions and scientific innovations notwithstanding, a large section of India still reposes great faith in the future predicted by astrologers. Satellite TV leverages that to offer a plethora of shows, one of which recently defied all limits of decency, as Arpana H S reports.
Media Society
WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT
Casting couch vs workplace abuse: A thin line The proverbial casting couch phenomenon has been a reality over the years since women made their foray into the world of films and entertainment. As the industry joins in celebrating Women’s Day, Shoma Chatterji explores if more of its women remain victims, rather than complicit 'sinners'.
Films Women
WORLD RADIO DAY
Who will cast the first vote for equality? On World Radio Day, Ammu Joseph looks at the representation of women in Indian radio and wonders if the medium can play a more significant role in ensuring empowerment and equal participation.
Ammu Joseph Radio Media Work+Life Voices unheard
OBITUARY
Imprinting the women's view Maitreyee Chatterjee was a woman of great grit, and a crusader for the rights of women long before such efforts gained attention or recognition. Shoma Chatterji notes her passing.
Women
MEDIA/WOMEN
Sangham Radio making waves This first all-women community radio in Asia being aired from Medak district in Andhra Pradesh is a genuine story of rural and women empowerment. Ramesh Menon reports from Medak.
Radio Media ANDHRA
MEDIA AND WOMEN
Twists, turns, dead-ends The Sunanda episode leaves us with some hard questions, about the attitude of the media to women, about sexism and other hurdles that women face everyday at the workplace, writes Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Kalpana's Commentary
WOMEN ON TELEVISION
Looking back at Hum Log For a show intended to promote women's empowerment, it wasn't too bright about it. Its messages were often self-defeating, because the women were heavily tinged with the politics of patriarchy. Shoma Chatterji looks back at television's first big impact-making serial.
Women
WOMEN ON TELEVISION
Looking back at Hum Log For a show intended to promote women's empowerment, it wasn't too bright about it. Its messages were often self-defeating, because the women were heavily tinged with the politics of patriarchy. Shoma Chatterji looks back at television's first big impact-making serial.
Women
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