Here are three lessons on women's empowerment gleaned from the trailer of Bhagavanth Kesari, starring Nandamuri Balakrishna.
The trailer of Bhagavanth Kesari starring Nandamuri Balakrishna was released amid huge fanfare during the movie's pre-release event on Sunday. Written and directed by Anil Ravipudi, the movie also stars Arjun Rampal, Kajal Aggarwal and Sreeleela.
Based on the trailer, it's safe to assume that Bhagavanth Kesari seems to promote the need for women's empowerment. It follows the efforts of a father who wants to make his daughter a brave soldier.
Here are three lessons on women's empowerment gleaned from the trailer of Bhagavanth Kesari.
It's a man's choice
Bhagavanth Kesari (played by Nandamuri Balakrishna) is a father of a young daughter in her early 20s. Maybe taking inspiration from Aamir Khan's Mahavir Singh Phogat from Dangal, one day arbitrarily he decides that he will transform his easy-going daughter Viji (played by Sreeleela) into a solider. He forces her to undergo a strenuous workout regime to make her develop the cardiovascular strength of an elite athlete.
Force, if need be
Viji is clearly not interested in pursuing a career as per her father's wish. She may perhaps want to become a techie, an actor or a writer. Something that doesn't require her to climb up flights of stairs within a particular time. But, Bhagavanth Kesari doesn't think so. Maybe he thinks she can't make the right choices for herself. He seems to think that he must make such life-altering choices for her. In some cases, empowerment needs to be forced, even against the will of the person, you are trying to empower. "I will request her. If required I fall at her feet. But, I will make her strong," says Bhagavanth Kesari.
Lock her up?
At first, the trailer, promises to tell the story of a father who aspires to enlist his daughter in the country's military service, with the goal of making her strong enough to protect the nation's borders. But, in an anticlimactic moment in the trailer, Bhagavanth Kesari locks up Viji in a cage to keep her safe from a bunch of goons as he singlehandedly slaughters them. Wasn't it the right opportunity for Bhagavanth Kesari to impart self-defence skills to his daughter, rather than resorting to confinement?