“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou
Stories knitted around female protagonists have an immense electric impact at large, though subjective to one’s own understanding.
Not only are such stories somewhat co-relative of our character to the one depicted but also carry with them contradictory views on how a woman’s life is portrayed and perceived in the society as opposed to how it is.
I have always looked up to strong female protagonists whether in the books I read or the movies I watch. I don’t know why but I feel a strong connection everytime I soak in anything that is primarily female. Could be because I’m majorly influenced by my mother , she being a very head strong woman. No wonder I am habitual of picking up stories written by or about women such as my latest picks have been “What Happened” by Hillary Clinton , “Yes Please” by Amy Poelhar , “Is everyone hanging out without me” by Mindy Kaling “Seeking love , Finding overalls” by my favorite Manrepeller Leandra Medine and “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg or movies and television shows like “Cable Girls”, “the Iron Lady” , “Devil wears Prada” and so on.
Point being such movies and books drive me to be a better woman myself and I can actually look up to them whether they are witty performers or intellectual thinkers.
Recently I saw the movie trailer of Ocean’s 8 and I was thrilled to find out that it’s an all female cast starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter . Coincidentally the release of Ocean’s 8 is the same time as when Sex and City completed 20 years of it’s existence. When SATC first aired who’d have thought that one day they’ll have such an impact over the women all over the world. Four women who didn’t care about what others perceived of their relationship with men, sense of style , life and with each other in general. They just did not bother; basically they ran out of fucks to give. Similarly in Ocean’s 8 , a girl gang of con-artists decide to rob and kick some ass. It is not like we haven’t had con artists’ dominant movies before but all those have been accompanying men. Ocean’s 8 unlike its predecessors is way more cooler because of this one element of women executing a larceny around town leaving the men clueless in the process. All points for them looking sexy while committing that one goddamn robbery; don’t tell me you haven’t seen the trailer yet?
I would like to point out here that it is immensely progressive of directors, writer and producers to come up with such movies while paying heed to the feminism wave, a hot topic among almost everyone. However, this concept of all female starrers is not very new in Hollywood but it’s quiet nascent in the East aka Indian Film Industry, recently we had Veere Di Wedding which one might think is an Indianized version of SATC movie part one with a little tweaking here and there, however it is worth your while wherein it depicts various nuances of the Indian Society especially the one circling marriage. It is an achievement for the movie to have done as good as a high budgeted male protagonist commercial film. Even though we have had low budgeted movies in the past like Pink and Lipstick Under My Burkha which ran around the lines of rather sensitive issues that needed to be addressed. Let’s not forget their success.
Multi starrer movies depicting female friendships and their struggles make for a fantastic story , kicking the patriarchy in its butt which is so much fun to watch because one (hereby meaning a female) can relate to each scene perfectly.
These movies sell because there is demand for them and because people find such equal treatment in the movie business legit and relatable on various levels. The inclusion of all female movies has shaken the genesis of movie making and they are here to stay. I cannot say if the future is female; but the future sure calls for equality for both sexes to flourish and grow harmoniously.