An Outcry against Systemic Sexism in Indian Families: A Feminist Analysis of Neeraj Ghaywan’s Hindi Shortfilm Juice (2017)



In the millennial era, short films have emerged as an easily accessible and influential medium of representation. They present socially significant themes and hold a mirror to society. This paper attempts a feminist analysis of Neeraj Ghaywan’s Hindi short film Juice (2017), which resists the gendered geography of a house and presents a protagonist who challenges the normative. Patriarchy is the result of societal constructions that are passed down generations. In India, these constructions are most pronounced in societies with traditional cultures and less economic background. However, gender messages conveyed by family, mass media and other patriarchal institutions largely advocate a dominant status for males. The film has as its theme the gender difference in a middle-class background. Juice provides us an understanding of women’s oppression and how the nature of the family has essentially never changed historically by emphasizing the family as the site of women's oppression. The continuation of patriarchal society and a patriarchal family set up is seen even in the twenty-first century acting as a big block to women’s liberation.


Gender, resistance, patriarchy, rebellion, Indian society, family, culture

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