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Women do not only make women-centric films: Sen

The notion that female directors made films that were women-centric or ones that solely took up a woman's point of view was misleading, says Aparna Sen.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2004 15:48 IST

The popular notion that female directors made films that were women-centric or ones that solely took up a woman's point of view was a misleading one, according to reputed director, Aparna Sen.

"It is a misperception to think that women director's only take up women-centric films", she told reporters, after inaugurating the first international women film festival here.

"Look at Sai Paranjpe's Katha. It is not a women centric film and what about male directors like Ritupurno Ghosh who was making women centric films. Hence the label is a misnomer", she said.

The whole idea of feminist films is a recent jargon. "When I made 36 Chowringee Lane, it was never seen as a feminist film way back then". "Moreover, we never got to see films like those of Vera Chytilova way back then'.

The politics of feminism keeps changing. The concept has been changing and is being expressed through various mediums, including art, books and media.

To a query whether women directors still faced problems when it came to funding their films, she said, "If people feel that they were not sure about entrusting their money in women's film, they have to be stupid".

"If women's films are not being funded it might be because of the scripts. However, I also know of women like Honey Irani whose scripts are commercial success", she said.

Reacting to a query on women who take a feminism one step ahead and bare it all like Janet Jackson, "Personally I do not believe in excess of any kind".

First Published: Mar 08, 2004 10:04 IST