Woman-power & more

Shekhar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express Group, captured the mood of the nation at the 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards

On behalf of Screen and the Express Group, it's my privilege to welcome you all as we acknowledge and applaud the finest in Indian cinema in 2012.

A year that as our list of nominees makes clear, showcases not only formidable talent but remarkable new trends as well.

Especially, at a time when, we are forced to turn the light inwards, when many of us have to question our long-held assumptions.

After the horrific death of the young woman in Delhi, (the woman who was going home after watching a movie, the woman who had faith in the kindness of strangers) there has been debate, both impassioned and impatient, that maybe one of the villains lives in our cinema as well.

Perhaps, in the form of an item number.

In the crude, cheap shot in the middle of a line. In the steps of a suggestive swagger.

Or, as a character from Dibakar Banerjee's film so powerfully and evocatively told us three years ago, maybe the villain lies not in our stars or on the screen but in ourselves, in our love, sex aur dhokha.

Camera mera hai, that character says, with a grin that touches the nerve, action tera hai.

As we reflect on what is mera, what is tera, maybe the most fitting tribute to the memory of that woman and all women denied their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is the presence of more and more women on the screen and off it.

Like Vidya Balan, whose pregnancy isn't the sort to be modestly covered as she walks the streets of Kolkata seeking violent justice for her husband.

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