Bollywood films are not only limited to having constructed narratives, romances, and happy endings; they often deal with the brutal realities of life. Filmmakers have made an effort to focus on topics that either directly or indirectly connect us, from emphasising the challenges of abusive relationships and stressing the value of consent in a relationship.
Any form of abuse warrants attention and a request for assistance. Although it’s a common belief that abusers choose their victims, it is totally up to the victims to decide how they want to handle the situation. The only way to move on is to summon the courage to expose the crimes.
Time and again we have seen many films, spreading or presenting awareness about abusive marriages. Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad covertly emphasised the significance of voicing out against domestic violence. The story of Taapsee Pannu being a devoted wife took a decision to leave her marriage after being slapped from her husband that came a shattering moment in her life and the movie showed it in an illustrious way.
Apart from this, the movie Provoked, which starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan served as an awakening by bringing to light the psychological and physical suffering that women endure in abusive marriages. The character Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who spent ten hard years with her violent husband before killing him in order to free herself from the harsh treatment and abuse of her husband.
Any form of abuse warrants attention and a request for assistance. The only way to move on is to summon the courage to expose the crimes.
Darlings, a film starring Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, and Vijay Varma, tackles abusive marriages. It is one of the must-watch films of the month due to the compelling narrative and outstanding performances. Viewers couldn’t help but commend Bhatt, Shah’s and Varma’s outstanding performances.
Films and television have the power to raise issues like domestic abuse and also provide solutions to how to tackle the situation. The above mentioned movies are just a few examples that have made sure to provide guidance to us about abusive marriages and relationships where women emerge victorious and know how to deal with situations and also helped us to create awareness among the audience.
Television and films have raised their bar and taken a step ahead by raising issues like domestic violence and abusive marriages and how women strongly oppose the intentions of their partners by voicing them out.