It is time that perception about women changed in our society. Forthis the men should be educated first. This will also bring down the crime and violence that happen on women, says Manidhi’s director Andrews Kamal Raj.
A chit chat with Andrew
What prompted you to make a film on women?
Everyone makes rules and regulations for women and they follow it. But this does not happen with men. If men are also taught this, the crime and violence that happen on women in the society will decrease. Based on these thoughts, we made this film Manidhi.
What is women empowerment according to you?
Everything boils down to power. Women should be given freedom. All those regulations for women should be abolished. Women should be allowed to lead the kind of life they desire.
Could you relate to any instances where women were either celebrated or oppressed?
A girl child is born. Then she grows up and gets married, bears children. Later she looks after her children and passes away in old age. This has become a routine for women. It should not be like this. Women should go after what their mind desires. It’s time these changes happened. I have seen many women who are severely oppressed. But if these oppressed women go after their dreams they will surely be celebrated.
Tell us about personal women icons who made a difference to the society or to you?
My mother is ill and I get to see her only once in a year. Her absence has created a huge vacuum for me. I know what it is not to have a woman in life. There are several women who have made it big in life, I am inspired by them.
How should society go about enabling women to be empowered?
Society should understand women and not keep talking rubbish about the decision that a woman makes. If a woman wants to work we should feel happy about her choice and support her. Instead, stopping her and telling her that the men in her house will provide food and other stuff is pure nonsense. Men should first think about women and that’s were real empowerment will begin.