What's the Bechdel Test that Sushmita Sen’s Aarya, Kajol’s Tribhanga rated high on?
- Bechdel Test is a crucial gender parity test which reveals how women are represented in works of fiction.
- 18 movies and series rated high on this test as per a report by Ormax, Film Companion and Prime Video India.
- Almost half of Indian movies or web series could not pass the test.
AdvertisementHalf of Indian movies or web series could not pass a crucial gender parity test, which evaluates how well and how much are women represented in works of fiction.
As many as 150 properties were evaluated by Ormax Media, Film Companion and Prime Video India, and as per the report ‘O Womaniya’, and 55% of them passed the Bechdel Test.
Women in scenes and what they speak
Bechdel Test, named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, came up with a simple way to evaluate female representation in works of fiction. It evolved in 1985 and to pass this, the book or movie must have at least one scene where two women are discussing a topic that’s not related to a man.
In the Indian context of this study, the criteria was modified to three scenes. The fact that most movies do not pass it shows that women are merely represented as female interests of the male lead, or objectified.
However, most of the movies which passed the test were either web series or movies that were bankrolled by OTTs like Hotstar, Netflix and Prime. The report also chose 18 movies and web series which rated the highest when it comes to women representation.
Eight web series made it to the best performers list as opposed to 10 movies. Regional series like Aha’s Telugu web series 3 Roses, Bengali series on MX Player, Hello and Marathi film Jhimma made it to the list, in addition to the very popular Malayalam film Great Indian Kitchen which spoke against patriarchy. Sushmita Sen’s Aarya, Kajol’s Tribhanga and Sanya Malhotra’s Pagglait were listed as well.
|Aarya Season 2||Series||Hindi||Hotstar|
|Call My Agent: Bollywood||Series||Hindi, English||Netflix|
|Hello Season 3||Series||Bengali||Amazon Prime|
|Mumbai Dairies 26/11||Series||Hindi||Amazon Prime|
|Rock Paper Scissors Season 2||Series||Malayalam||YouTube|
|The Family Man S2||Series||Hindi||Amazon Prime|
|The Great Indian Kitchen||Film||Malayalam||Amazon Prime|
|Vakeel Saab||Film||Telugu||Amazon Prime|
Working twice as hard for half the recognition
Apart from the topics, women have less to say in most of the movies. Even in trailers, women were only given a quarter of the talk time that male counterparts receive. A total of 48 film properties had trailers in which women spoke for 10 seconds or less. Men outspeak women by a factor of 3:1 in trailers.
Advertisement“I reached a point in my film journey where I thought to myself that I need to either change my gender or stop making films - that’s the point it can bring you to when you are made to work twice as hard as any man to be able to put your opinion forward,” said Kanika Dhillon, screenwriter of Haseen Dilruba.
Moreso, out of the 750 positions available across 150 film properties, only 10% of them had female heads of departments. Involving more women in the movie making process, also helps give more voice to women, as per experts.
“Eleven years ago when I did The Dirty Picture, we hardly had two women on set. I do see this 10% HODs as a very positive change. The fact that so many of male-lead films are bombing has to be an eye-opener. Why don’t we release more female actor lead films theatrically?” said Vidya Balan, starrer of female-centric series Sherni on Amazon Prime.
Even if it’s slow, it's progressing, with OTTs taking the lead. Half of Netflix India’s workforce is female. Amazon Prime launched Maitri this March with Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) to help build a community of women in Indian entertainment.
SEE ALSO: Google's learn-to-read app ‘Read Along’ for kids is now available on the web
Indian diamantaires want to make lab-grown diamonds a woman’s best friend
Popular on BI
- This could be the best time to buy Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in India at ₹1,09,999
- Retail jobs have been slowing down due to WFH and online sales: report
- 85% Indian schools don't have vocational courses as part of their curriculum: WEF
- Govt invites bids for IDBI Bank privatisation; Govt, LIC to sell 60.72%
- Tracxn Technologies IPO: Analyst cautious due to losses and investor exits
- Tata Tiago Electric Car
- HCL Tech
- World Heart Day 2022
- Apple Tablets in Amazon Sale
- RBI Repo Rate
- Akash Ambani
- Amazon festival Sale
- Upcoming new Mobile in October
- Amazon Festival Sale
- Best Companies for Work
- India's Richest People
- RBI Interest Rate hike
- Upcoming Smartphone in 2022
- Top 10 Colleges in India
- Top 10 Airlines in World