I admit I am looking forward to this film. Even as big shots in Hollywood declare that they’re strictly off making movies with women in the lead, there seem to be at least some films with women in focus in India.
But reading Rani Mukherji’s interview in Rediff, I am deeply puzzled by this statement she makes.
It has everything that a Hindi film has. It’s the story about a family. In our society, there is always pressure on the firstborn — even a girl — because she is expected to be the male of the house.
It is the journey of a girl into womanhood and her sacrifices for her family.
Err.. ? Oh, you mean I got it wrong all this time? Being responsible, or making sacrifices for the family you were born into is somehow the preserve of men? I don’t know about Rani Mukherji, but in the families that I know the firstborns aren’t expected to be male. Whatever that means. Most of the female firstborns I know don’t whine that they’re expected to be manly. But maybe that’s just because I know only dysfunctional families.
Firstborns are definitely the donkeys of the house. They are even the jokers. But males? WTF. Please excuse me while I go deal with the society’s expectations of me being the male of the house.