Indian actress Shabana Azmi discussed the diversification of women’s roles and how independent film has furthered the representation of women at the Variety Studio at the Dubai International Film Festival.
“We are seeing, particularly today, that women are playing far more substantial roles,” she said. “Earlier we had very clear divides between the vamp and the heroine. The heroine was all good as gold, and the vamp was the evil person. All that is changing and the issues are becoming far more layered.”
“Independent cinema actually locates people within a certain milieu, within a certain class, within a certain background,” she explained. “So when it came to portraying women in any kind of complexity, you saw that in independent cinema. In that way, leading ladies in mainstream cinema started feeling that there is something more that we should aspire to.”
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