The way that women are treated and depicted has progessed so much over the years but it is still far from perfect. Take the example of the characters in one-year-old Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger.
The film’s characters include a female Pakistani secret agent who is very skilled and able to cope during the most difficult missions. And yet you can still see the marks of sexist depiction on her, her hair is long and sleek, her facial details are smooth and well cut and she has a figure to die for. The male agent is also shown in a sexist light, i.e James Bond, guns blaring and full on tough guy. However, the interesting thing is that it is the James Bond act-alike that is weakened by love and not the female agent.
Does the fact that she is there at all make up for the way that she is depicted? In other words, when it comes to equality should and can women be satisfied and proud of small steps and gains? Or should we be getting things perfect first time, examining every small detail that might have an effect? On the other hand, could this just be an effect of the country that the film hails from? Do all Bollywood films depict women in this way and is it an acceptable thing?
Since this blog post is turning into a page of question marks I’ll finish now and throw the debate open to comments.