'Irakal' to 'The Great Indian Kitchen': Women's sexual agency in Malayalam cinema

'Irakal' to 'The Great Indian Kitchen': Women's sexual agency in Malayalam cinema
MollywoodWe are still at a stage where even a woman suggesting foreplay to her husband is considered something radical in Malayalam cinema.Neelima MenonIn the middle of a heated argument between a married couple in the recently released short film, Freedom at Midnight, when the wife asks the husband whether he is aware of her “favourite sex position,” it suddenly seemed like a ray of hope. Did that mean our cinema had finally come out of its self-imposed exile around addressing women’s sexual agency/ female desire in their narratives? Are we finally tackling the elephant in the room? But, that ostensible show of liberation turned out to be a delusion as the narrative soon drifts into a usual plot line around a wife who finds out her husband’s extramarital affair and therefore has such a dramatic confrontation. But disappointingly, it turns out that the whole confrontation was imagined
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