Director Suryansh Deo Srivastava voices that women empowerment can happen if men are educated and the patriarchy mindset is stripped off. Everything cannot be based on physical strength. Read further… to know Suryansh’s incredible thoughts on women empowerment.
What prompted you to make a film on women?
Although it was not a conscious choice to make a woman-centric Film, our goal was to bring forth the aspirations of a woman we come across regularly but hardly stop to notice her extraordinary struggle.
What is women empowerment according to you?
Women empowerment to me is leveling the playing field by acknowledging and in turn, eliminating institutional barriers and social hurdles
Could you relate to any instances where women were either celebrated or oppressed?
There have been innumerable instances of both but the ones that have been etched in my memory are those where women were treated unfairly. And most of them were just society asking women to do something in a certain way “for their own good”. Its heart breaking to see a society that worships goddesses treat women the way it does.
Tell us about personal women icons who made a difference to the society or to you?
I’ve grown up surrounded by strong women, my sister being my personal icon, someone I’ve always looked upto.
How should society go about enabling women to be empowered?
Education. Nothing is more crucial than educating people. Educating men, stripping them off their patriarchal mindset, teaching them to respect women and their space, I can list out so much more. The society needs to understand that physical strength is not the basis of equality, should never be, this is not stoneage. Women deserve to stand on the same pedestal as men have placed themselves on.