Today’s filmmakers and actors are ready to take on greater challenges and risks. They are not afraid of the consequences that could result from censorship or resistance from certain layers of society. On the contrary, bravery is now appreciated, praised and celebrated.
While there’s a movie like Dum Laga Ke Haisha, which feels like a comedy-drama about what women go through after marriage to a movie like Article 15 that could easily teach you a thing or two about the caste system, movies have become more courageous, dynamic, and more relevant.
As the line between the reel and the real begins to blur when we watch a scene or dialogue, there is always a rush of emotion as the fictional character on your screen seems more real than your real life.
Here’s a look at 11 such powerful scenes from movies of recent times that made us pause, reflect, question, and check our own privilege and reality!
1. Shershaah: When Vikram Batra and his team cry after losing their teammate.
When Vikram Batra and his fellow soldiers share a heartbreaking moment after losing one of their team members, he remembers that no matter how brave he is to fight a war, it’s still hard to say goodbye!
2. Dil Dhadakne Do: When Farhan Akhtar educated everyone about equality and feminism at Dil Dhadakne Do
Although there are countless issues between Ayesha and Manav’s marriage, he fails to see his own sense of entitlement which seems to have become baggage for her.
In one of the scenes where Manav flaunts the very fact that Ayesha is successful because he and her family allowed her to work, Sunny gives her the perfect answer and a lesson in equality and feminism to all of us.
3. Sherni: When Vidya taught everyone a lesson on why it’s not cool to force women to become mothers
Vidya’s mother and mother-in-law pay her a surprise visit, and she doesn’t linger long before asking her for grandchildren. Most of the comments that follow are related to how she should think about children or wear appropriate jewelry as a married woman. Even her mother tries to scare her, hinting at her bleak childless future.
4. Pagglait: When Sandhya invites her Muslim friend Nazia for the pooja and subtly defends her for teaching everyone an important lesson about inclusivity.
Nazia is Muslim and Sandhya’s in-laws look down on Muslims who eat at their house. But a brave Sandhya decides to revolt and defend a friend in a gripping scene.
5. Article 15: When Ayan asks his subordinates at work to explain the caste system to him.
Ayushmann Khurrana, who plays a Brahmin cop investigating the rape and murder of Dalit girls, asks his subordinate to explain the caste system.
6. Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara: When Arjun gives Kabir a reality check on his “convenience” pledge.
When Arjun explains to Kabir that marrying a woman for the wrong reason is worse than calling off the wedding at the last moment, this scene taught us all an important lesson: if you are unhappy with a relationship, relationship can never last. .
7. Thappd: Amrita’s father realizes that his own wife had to give up her dreams after marriage.
While he is a 10/10 father and has raised his own daughter to be fiercely independent, he has failed to recognize his wife’s sacrifices.
8. The White Tiger: When Balram sees the true colors of his masters and is mistreated by Ashok Sir’s family.
In the first half of the film, Balram Halwai continues to share what it feels like to be trapped in a chicken coop, which he compares to the state of mind of a poor person in his country. He then realizes that while they worship their masters and wish them well, their feelings are mostly ignored.
When Mr. Ashok and Mrs. Pinky decide to blame Balram for running their car over a beggar child, you want to shed a tear or two.
9. Pangaa: When Meenu meets a man and his family for an “arranged marriage”.
The guy’s family is uncomfortable with Meenu’s career in Kabaddi, and he says, “Kabaddi mein paisa-waisa hai? “She says, ‘Time nikal gaya..uncle samosa kha ke jaaiyega, ekdum khasta hai, humne nahi banaya hai..”
10. Dum Laga Ke Haisha: When Sandhya expresses how she got married to a man who could never love or accept her as she deserved
Sandhya does her best to adapt to the new settings of her husband’s house. Yet, somehow, it all comes down to disrespect in various forms because of his “weight.” She chooses to end their marriage. When asked why she no longer wants to marry Prem, she replies, “Ji Prem Vivah Tha Sandhya Ke Sath Lekin Prem Toh Tha Hi Nahi…”
11. Ajeeb Daastaans: In Geeli Puchi, Bharti’s colleague explains why she cannot get a better position at her job because of her caste.
Bharati, a skilled worker and quick learner, aspired to be promoted from factory worker to data operator. Although she was a perfect fit and should have been the right choice, Priya Sharma, a naïve, underqualified but attractive Brahmin, got the job. While expressing his feelings and disappointment to Dashrath, a senior colleague, Bharati said,
“Why can’t I get this job because I don’t wear makeup like her?”
He instantly reminds her of aShe explains to him: “No because we are Dalits. Because your surname does not contain Mishra or Sharma. We may be offered an office to have our meals, but they will never offer you an office job. I’m afraid you’ll get burned trying to reach a higher station.” Konkona nails her character with such pathos that you feel sorry for her and the real situation in our country.