Angry Indian Goddesses

Angry Indian Goddesses could be subtitled ‘Girl power Indian style’. In the film’s opener director Pan Nalin shows the various women who are the film’s central characters. Each has to deal with the sexist male attitude in the workplace, and each are aggressive in their response. There is no may they are going to accept such BS. There’s Bollywood actress Joanna (Amrit Maghera), housewife Pam (Pavleen Gujral), singer Mad (Anushka Manchanda) and Suranjana (Sandhya Mridul), a businesswoman. The four of them are invited to spend a few days with their friend fashion photographer Freida (Sarah-Jane Dias) and her maid Laxmi (Rajshri Deshpande). Freida announces her upcoming wedding but refuses to say with whom. It was not hard for me to figure it out, but even when there are such conventions it does not always diminish a film likability. The late arrival of activist Nargis (Tannishtha Chatterjee) causes some friction. Nargis organized a protest at Suranjana’s factory. After that conflict is resolved, the women have bold discussions. No topic is taboo: sex, violence, suicide, sexual harassment. When tragedy and violence hit’s the group, the ladies are steadfast in their solidarity. All members of this ensemble female cast are uniformly excellent. Although I would have preferred more women with different body types, this is still a joyous celebration of Indian women. Angry Indian Goddesses is also a courageous denunciation of the double standard, sexism and the violence that women face in India. Bravo! A must.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Angry Indian Goddesses

Directed by:

Pan Nalin

Screenplay by:

Pan Nalin

Dilip Shankar

Starring:

Sandhya Mridul

Tannishtha Chatterjee

Sarah-Jane Dias

Anushka Manchanda

Amrit Maghera

Rajshri Deshpande

115 min.

Rated 14A

In Hindi and English with English subtitles.

 

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