In light of the recent high coverage female sexual assaults in India, film director Vikas Bahl has created a short film depicting a world a women would like to believe exists. This is in conjunction with Vogue India which has started the #Vogueempower campaign.
This clip was placed on youtube and has currently over 2 millions views. It’s a short but powerful clip starring one of India’s rising stars, Alia Bhatt (who made her debut in the film Student of the Year in 2012, which is a great movie for the rom-com lovers out there), whose car breaks down on a quiet street. A car full of men stop to help. You’ll just have to watch to see how the clip ends.
I think in a country where progress has been slow on such a huge issue (and apparently is being used as political leverage rather than being recognised as a basic human right but perhaps this is a hard cultural change) using high profile stars to target a large audience and the right audience is a great way to go.
“I pledge to create a short film titled ‘Going Home’, in which we visualise a utopia for women, where, unlike today, mistrust and fear don’t dictate actions and decisions,” – director Vikas Bahl.