There’s a lot of search going on in the global feminist movement for “female role models” for girls.
But in context of psychological growth, the fact is, that no prototype, however strong or famous, can overshadow the one most powerful female role model in any girl’s life. And that role model is the girl’s own mother!
‘Mom’ is the ultimate “mirror” in which most women reflect on their own images of femininity, womanhood, self and life! It doesn’t mean she will choose to be like her mother. But it is in her mother’s image that she examines her own, and decides whether she will accept, reject, or refine her own!
So as I look at issues of violence on women in India, what interests me most is the relationship between mothers and daughters. In this following article for the Indo-Canadian magazine Masalamommas, I look at five Bollywood films and how they portray mother-daughter relationships.