Monday, 4 November 2019

‘SECTION 375’ writer-director Manish Gupta speaks about gender inequality in Indian laws.






What inspired you to make this film SECTION 375? 

I personally knew rape-accused actor Shiney Ahuja and his wife. I’d met their maid too - the girl who'd accused Shiney of raping her. When I studied their case, I could not conclude what the truth was - whether Shiney had raped the girl or was the intercourse between them consensual? Intrigued by this ambiguity, I started researching the subject. 

                                     

Why should people watch Section 375? 

To understand how a false allegation of rape can destroy the lives of a man and his family and to understand that every man accused of rape, molestation or harassment may not necessarily be guilty.


Multitudes of men in India are battling false rape/molestation/harassment cases registered against them. Such cases destroy the man’s reputation and his life even if he’s later proven innocent. How can this scenario that’s so precarious to men be changed?  

Mens' Rights Activists must join hands with Human Rights Activists across the country and create pressure on the Govt. to revamp the laws around sexual crimes with a view to making such laws gender-neutral.

When a woman is allegedly exploited by a man, both men and women start demonising the accused man. But when a man is falsely accused, few women come forward in support of the man. How do we change this?

Men and women across the country must be sensitised to the issues faced by men due to the gender-bias in the Indian mindset about sexual crimes. A similar gender-bias in Indian laws makes such laws prone to misuse.


Today, with each gender pointing fingers at the other, how do we retain the sanctity of the institution of marriage in India?

By sensitising both genders about the issues faced by the other gender.

Many laws apart from Section 375 are also biased towards women, e.g. child custody, DV, 498A, etc. Do you have any plans to make a movie on such laws?

I've received an overwhelming number of requests on my twitter handle @ManishMGupta from men facing fake 498A (Dowry) cases to make a film on this issue. So, I'm seriously contemplating the subject now.


Why is every politician only pushing the agenda of women empowerment and completely ignoring mens’ rights?

India has a history of being a patriarchal society where women have been for centuries exploited, marginalized and ill-treated. Indian laws written 200 years ago were drafted keeping in perspective the social standing of women at that period of time in India. But in today's scenario, educated women in cities and towns are very independent and do not suffer the same oppression that their counterparts from 200 years ago did. Hence, these archaic, outdated laws give today’s liberated women a free hand for misuse and manipulation. However, the women in rural India, women in smaller towns and lower-class women who reside in slums still suffer the same oppression and misogyny at the hands of men. Such women form a much larger vote bank as compared to men suffering from gender-biased laws. Hence, every politician talks about women empowerment since it’s beneficial to their vote-bank politics. 

Saturday, 11 May 2019

An Interview with Fashion Writer - Janvi Manchanda



Hello All , I am creating this post after a long time . Apologies :) .
 So this time I am taking an interview of Fashion Writer Janvi , Here it goes .

Hello Janvi , could you brief about your journey towards Fashion writing from student to this stage ?

Ans: Somehow dressing up came to me naturally and that just wasn't enough for me. I went from stealing my dad's xl tees to picking up the perfect outfit for my body type and occasion. And I just knew I wanted to do much more. Towards the end of my second year in degree college, I applied to this magazine - Youth Incorporated for an internship and when I was called for the interview they asked me what I wanted to do marketing or editorial and something inside of me begged me to pick editorial and that was it! That was how I started writing. The editor, Ayush Aliawadi, mentored me. He pushed me to do better and he inspired me. At the age of 24/25 he was a lawyer, Radio Jockey with All India Radio and he was also the editor of the magazine. I wanted to do a lot more just like him! And eventually I was writing my own fashion column in a magazine, The Teenager Today, for a year by the time I graduated. And then came the journey to becoming an influencer and a stylist. My boyfriend was very supportive and he saw that I had a good number of followers on Instagram and he pushed me to do better. He worked on my profile and pushed me to do the same and create better content.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Interview with Amazing Photographer



Hello All ,

I would like to continue our journey of an interview with various personalities from different domains. And here it goes with Dr. Adwait Aphale the amazing wildlife photographer. I am sharing the interview excerpt. Kindly visit the www.wildlifestorties.in and www.adwaitaaphale.com.

Can you brief about the journey towards Photography domain from student to this stage?

My affair with the camera started at a very young age when I read a book in our library named "Camera “. Looking at my interest level in reading a pretty technical book on the camera my father must have sensed something and gifted me a Film SLR camera Vivitar3000S in 1994. With this "the affair" turned into serious love making me work on complete manual mode and understand the fundamentals of photography thoroughly.
I started experimenting with landscapes , protraits in natural light trying to catch candid moments. Looking at the images made by me during this journey my father took me to meet a great photographer of kolhapur Mr Chandrkant Patil sir who just looked at the images and advised my father "Either to upgrade my camera body with prime lens or to take out the camera from my hand “ Your child is spoilt Mr Aphale he needs better lenses , he has that EYE to narrate a story out of an image “. I was happy with this remark but destiny had some other plans . Later I went to pursue my degree course in dental surgery but the love for my camera kept on growing.
The love converted into a complete relationship when I bought an Olympus E 410 and started doing serious photography work with portraits , landscapes , & macro. Some of my work was published in Daily Sakal , Dental practise magazine during that time. My work is also published in a caleder form since 2013 featuring different themes like cityscapes , macro, nature , birds , Greater Flamingos and Mammals. I have also contributed articles on Intraoral photography in journals like Aesthetic Expression. Conducted courses and workshops on dental photography at various conferences.
Won awards at national level photography competitions Of dental practise magazine , FONA, Better photography . Selective work was exhibited in prestigious exibitions of KVIFF, FONA, Srushti exhibition Nagpur , TGIS Bangalore. Recently i have won the prestigious award of Nature best asia  in wild life category . The winning image has been displayed at the  tokyo and natural history museum exhibition .
Currenly my focus is completely on wildlife photography and Bird photography and also digital painting. Studying the behaviour patterns of these animals and spreading the educative information is the motto of my New venture called Wildlifestories.
Currently working with Nikon Gears , photography has now become an integral part of my life and gives me peace of mind and acts as a perfect stress buster , and a way of Meditation.