Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar had a relatively subdued release because of the ongoing pandemic however the movie has bought a brand new life ever since its release on Amazon Prime Video. In a dialog with indianexpress.com, director Dibakar Banerjee and actor Parineeti Chopra spoke in regards to the illustration of conventional gender roles and the way the movie cuts by that in a singular approach.
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar challenges gender stereotypes proper from the start, even because it introduces its lead characters – Sandeep, performed by Parineeti Chopra, and Pinky, performed by Arjun Kapoor. In a big scene within the movie, a pregnant Sandeep is attacked by a predator (the financial institution supervisor) as she finds herself trapped in his cabin. For those that have seen the movie, this scene is an enormous jolt because it adjustments Sandeep’s trajectory within the story. Talking in regards to the genesis of that scene, co-writer and director Banerjee shared that in his discussions with co-writer Varun Grover, they knew that “at one point, somehow, we want Parivartan Bank to rape Sandy, at a very core structural level.”
Banerjee elaborated, “So from there, probably, came the concept of the bank manager who represents the power (he has) over her, which is the power of money, finance, patriarchy. Sometimes, we write something from deep within our conscience, and those things end up scaring us. So we went there and it was scary.”
Parineeti, who has carried out relatively brilliantly on this scene, was fast to level out that this scene was potential solely as a result of she is a girl and the character of the financial institution supervisor was that of a person. “It can only be written because I am the girl and he is the boy,” she shared. At this level within the story, Sandeep has negotiated a cope with the financial institution supervisor whereby he’ll let her hack into the system, in trade for cash. The state of affairs shifts drastically when he makes an attempt to rape her. “If I was a man, or if Arjun was in this scene, the bank manager would never have done it. Or if the bank manager was female, and the character who goes to do the hacking was male, this scene couldn’t have been written. If the bank manager was a girl and I am a girl, they would have had a cup of tea, done the hacking, and moved on,” Parineeti defined the chances.
The Saina actor additional spoke in regards to the “inherent patriarchy” that’s accepted in our society. “Through Arjun and my characters, and Raghu sir (Raghubir Yadav) and Neena Ma’am’s (Neena Gupta) characters, there is this very inherent, accepted patriarchy in India (that’s shown). This is what a woman does, and this is what a man does, and the roles can never be reversed,” she shared.
“The fact that women in India have to constantly live like this, where it’s accepted that ‘I can’t do something because I am a woman and only a man can do this’ is the reason why I signed this film and I am so proud its come out so well. Sometimes, you make a film and the impact is not what you wanted, but the impact of this film is what we wanted it to be. I am on such a high because I feel like we have done what we set out to do,” she mentioned.