Allyship is one of the most talked about topics in today’s time, aiming towards creating a more inclusive society. And what better way for us to draw inspiration, than our favourite Bollywood movies? Movies help us relax and rejuvenate, but there are those that make us use our grey cells and leave an indelible mark on our psyche.
Here are some amazing movies that talk about being an ally and embrace equity in their own way. If you haven’t watched them yet, it’s time for a movie marathon!
Article 15 under the Indian Constitution forbids discrimination against citizens on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, or place of birth. True to its name, the film captures the harsh realities of caste discrimination and the importance of fighting for justice and equality in a society that is divided by social hierarchies. The protagonist of the story, Ayan, played by Ayushman Khurana, was pivotal in changing the system from within and becoming an ally in fighting against discrimination and inequality.
Released in 2016, Kapoor and Sons captures the complexities of modern family dynamics by showcasing conflicts and issues in a family that otherwise comes across as perfect . The film brilliantly captures the various nuances of the family’s relationships, which range from love, jealousy, envy, and betrayal, coming to a culmination in a realistic way. Tia Malhotra (played by Alia Bhatt), despite not being a family member, becomes an ally to the fractured family and tries her best to resolve their ongoing conflicts. Her character played a significant role and showcases the importance of being an ally and supporting our loved ones towards a happy and healthy future.
With a powerful and sensitive topic about consent and harassment against women, the movie depicts the journey of the women from fear to courage and showcases the role of allies in supporting the survivors who were harassed. Deepak Shengal, (played by Amitabh Bachchan), was chosen for the role of a lawyer who helped said women and revealed societal biases towards them. He proves to be a great ally, providing the women with the necessary help and support they need to fight their oppressors. The movie portrays how being an ally can lead to a better understanding of consent and help survivors fight against harassment.
In the movie Ludo, there were several characters who played the role of an ally, supporting and helping others in times of need. These characters showed empathy, compassion, and kindness, and provided comfort and assistance to those around them, and the movie beautifully captured them in four different stories. While Alok (played by Aditya Roy Kapoor) showed empathy and compassion towards his girlfriend, Sheeja, (played by actor Fatima Sana Shaikh) was seen not only taking a stand against her abusive husband but also helping Bittu, a small-time criminal, when he was in need by showing kindness and compassion towards him. Sattu (played by Pankaj Tripathi) was seen mentoring a young girl named Mini, and Ahuja was a friend who went out of his way to help his friend.
If you have not watched the above four, we are sure you must have watched this one!
Starring Kangana Ranawat, the movie Queen showed how Rani took control of her life and stood up for herself. During her journey, she met several people who turned out to be allies in her new life that she was slowly discovering. Vijayalakshmi (played by Lisa Haydon) was Ranis’ first ally in the movie who helped her explore a new city like Paris, have fun, and also encouraged her to be independent.
However, the movie Queen had more than one ally! Can you guess who that is and why? Tell us in the comments below. Also share your list of movies where you thought characters played the role of an ally.
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