It is important to present women as role models: Haseen Dilruba’s writer Kanika Dhillon

‘Important to present women as role models in popular culture’: Haseen Dilruba writer Kanika Dhillon. (photo credit, Instagram/ @kanika.d)

‘Important to present women as role models in popular culture’: Haseen Dilruba writer Kanika Dhillon. (photo credit, Instagram/ @kanika.d)

Screenwriter Kanika Dhillon says women still have a long way to go to get authentic representation in popular culture, but the change should be to inspire other women. Dhillon, who has authored some of the acclaimed women-led films in recent times like Manmarziyaan, Judgmental Hai Kya and Haseen Dilruba, said that for a story to trigger a ground change, the female protagonist should be given a central platform.

“We have a long way to go in terms of proper representation of women. In pop culture, it is extremely important to present women as role models and let these inspiring stories of women reach other women. Because they are at least We will be able to see what can be achieved. We live in a patriarchal, unequal society. We need to give them the hope that we can envision a better world and it is within us to create it,” Dhillon told reporters. Said to.

The author was speaking at the release of the book ‘Changemakers’ authored by Almas Virani and Sweta Samota. Dhillon said women “absolutely and completely” outnumber any representation in pop culture. The author believes that women are neither presented as heroes nor have a story that is ‘complete for us’.

“We’ve basically gone into the periphery as an appendage to the man. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, the fact that I write my heroines as humans is considered a superhuman endeavor. ”

Actress Taapsee Pannu has written the foreword to the book, a collection of stories from 11 women changemakers from “She Creates Change Programme” from Change.org. Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das, who was present at the event, said men need to be allies to fight inequality against women.

“It’s not that only women have to speak up or gather together. We need strong allies, strong men who feel comfortable enough to be allies… ‘them versus us’ which we called gender. It’s also made in To help each other. We are doing what we can but we also need the full support of all men,” Das said.

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