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Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee has revealed that in his next film, he intends to delve into the psyche of a woman. “My next has a woman protagonist. But I don’t how the inner world of a woman is, how different it is from that of a man.
“But I can figure out the position of a woman in a society by roughly mathematically mapping it to that of a dalit’s in the society. That’s a little more accurate description of what I am trying to do with my next film,”
Dibakar said during a session at the Bridge Conclave here. Talking about gender equality, the 47-year-old director said he does not objectify men and women and believes in treating the characters as they are.
“In my films, I am not objectifying a woman or any character and if the characters are not objectified then what are they doing? “I think, men and women are fighting for power and if you take away power plays out of men and women, then 90 per cent of the relationship is gone.”
The Byomkesh Bakshy helmer said gender division is ingrained in our society in the most “silent and untold” ways. “When your older sister goes to a cheaper school and you go to an expensive one, its unsaid but that stays with you forever. That’s when you know damage happens. These kind of damages are silent and untold.
“My family is fairly chauvinistic and male dominated. For example, I am sitting at the dinner table and my father tells my mother to serve me food. So, I am automatically entitled t get the food served and my mother or sister has to serve that
to me! So, it (gender inequality) happens in such insidious ways and we start suppressing it. I don’t know if I empathize with them but I do feel guilty and bad,” he said.