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Tannishtha Chatterjee: Gender equality will arrive when we stop saying ‘men in cinema’, ‘women in cinema’


The actress has had a mixed team for her directorial debut, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui. 

Keyur Seta

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee was among the guests at Oxfam India’s ‘Women In Film’ Brunch, part of the ongoing MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) festival, on Sunday 28 October.

The event was held in honour of eight filmmakers whose films have been nominated for the Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality award.

Speaking to Cinestaan.com at the event, Chatterjee stressed the idea of not identifying artistes through gender. “This is the third time I am coming to this brunch," she said. "It’s beautiful what they do. [But] the day we stop saying women in cinema or men in cinema is the day we are really looking at gender equality. I think slowly it’s happening. There are a lot of women in films and all walks of films.”

The actress has just finished filming her directorial debut, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Her team had a mix of the sexes. “I am in the process of edit," Chatterjee said. "My team was really mixed. My DoP [director of photography] is a woman and my sound designer is a man. My assistants were all mixed. I have written and directed it. We never thought like men or women. It's just like we got together and made the film.”

Chatterjee believes the voices of female writers and directors need to come out more. “There is the female vision, which is different from the male vision," she said. "That voice has to come out more. It is coming out, but it has to get more and more mainstream.” 

Oxfam is promoting the idea of 'unstereotying' films this year. And Chatterjee is known for doing such films. “I have been doing these 'unstereotyping' films for a long time now," she said. "I think it’s a great initiative because pop culture has a very, very important role in shaping thoughts and ideas. Pop culture has to always break prejudices and stereotypes. I think platforms like these allow pop culture to reach out and have a dialogue.”

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