At a time when issues on women empowerment, sexual abuse, rape etc…are trending topics all over social media, a new video featuring Deepika Padukone has gone viral. The video has been made under the Vogue campaign on women empowerment by Homi Adajania on a script written by Kersi Khambatta. Along with Deepika, the film also features 99 women from all walks of life- celebrity hairstylist and business woman Adhuna Akhtar, film critic Anupama Chopra, actor Nimrit Kaur and a few others.
So what is this video all about?
It is a somber monologue of Deepika, speaking about women having their own choices, without being judged, without being compelled. Watch the video here and read the transcript of the film.
My body, my mind, my choice. To wear the clothes I like; even if my spirit roams naked
My choice; to be a size 0 or a size 15. They don’t have a size for my spirit, and never will
To use cotton and silk to trap my soul is to believe that you can halt the expansion of the universe
Or capture sunlight in the palm of your hand. Your mind is caged, let it free
My body is not, Let it be, My choice, To marry, or not to marry
To have sex before marriage, to have sex out of marriage, or to not have sex
My choice, To love temporarily, or to lust forever
My choice, To love a man, or a woman, or both
Remember; you are my choice, I’m not your privilege
The bindi on my forehead, the ring on my finger, adding your surname to mine, they’re all ornaments and can be replaced.
My love for you cannot, so treasure that, My choice; to come home when I want
Don’t be upset if I come home at 4am, Don’t be fooled if I come home at 6pm,
My choice; to have your baby or not, To pick you from 7 billion choices or not
So don’t get cocky, My pleasure might be your pain
My songs, your noise, My order, your anarchy
Your sins, my virtues, My choices are like my fingerprints
They make me unique, I am the tree of the forest
I am the snowflake not the snowfall, You are the snowflake
Wake up, Get out of the shit storm, I choose to empathise
Or to be indifferent. I choose to be different
I am the universe, Infinite in every direction
This is my choice.
The video comes just after, Deepika’s confession on national television about her battle with depression.
My views on the video- Yes I quite agree that it’s all about making your own choice and giving women the right to govern their own lives. But there are a few points I don’t quite agree with, in context to women’s empowerment.
Besides, it made me wonder, does a video release of a slick and powerful film of this nature, made for the YouTube population (if I may use this term, with all due respects), actually address the underlying issue prevalent in our society? How much would the message seep in through the masses, where the thought process needs a turn around?
I sat browsing today, going through the mixed reactions doing the rounds on twitter. Must say the video has gone down pretty well with women. But one thing caught my eye. A response that amused me. I leave you with it. It is the male version of the video, filmed by Brathouse Films. Take a look.