India’s popular fashion magazine Vogue India released a video in support of it’s campaign Women Empowerment. Bollywood’s top best actress Deepika Padukone was featured in the film along with 98 other women. The lyrics penned down by Kersi Khambatta were misinterpreted by audience as it failed to portray the women behind each thought. The video directed by Homi Adajania was severely criticized by the nation, and the actress who was once known for her smartness became a target of mockery overnight.
Take a look:
While many stood against the film due to its two controversial lines, this is how I viewed it and showed my support.
Line 1 ~ My choice; to have your baby or not
They heard Deepika Padukone’s voice. I heard these women:
– A married woman forced by her husband and family to have a kid.
– A rape victim not wanting to carry her rapist’s child in her womb.
– A forcefully married lesbian, impregnated by her husband.
To have a baby or not, #TheirChoice.
– A young girl who got pregnant not because she and her beloved boyfriend were ignorant but because the condom accidentally broke. If she chooses to be a single mother inspite of the challenges that lie ahead of her, it’s #HerChoice.
Motherhood is a very beautiful experience. The mother-infant bond is incredible. After delivering a baby, a woman not only changes mentally and emotionally but physically too. It’s not easy to be a mother. A woman goes through a lot of pain before and after having a baby. In the end, it’s all worth it.
If someone doesn’t want to experience this. Why judge them? Why force them? Why stop them from speaking for themselves?
Line 2 ~ To have sex outside marriage; to not have sex, my choice.
They heard Deepika’s voice. I heard these women:
– A married woman whose man disappeared after having kids to be a saint leaving her all alone without her consent, without divorce.
– A woman who married a gay man because she found a lifelong friend in him. (Remember Janet from film Fashion?)
– A woman in open marriage with her husband.
If these women choose to have sex outside marriage why shall we who believe in monogamy and fidelity judge, restrict and question them?
The #VogueEmpower video may have failed to portray whose thoughts it’s actually conveying; in the end it’s also how you see it.