Bollywood : the Battle of the Sexes on the Set

Bollywood: the Battle of the Sexes on the Set : Did you know about the prohibition of women working as make-up artists on the set in Bollywood? The ban was invented by men (the make-up union) back in 1955. Until now, it is strictly observed – because otherwise, men will have to compete with women, which means – to give them their jobs.

This situation is impossible in the West, but in India, archaic views on the place of women in culture and society are still relevant. Even in those cases when it comes to the film industry. And the most surprising for the bearer of Western cultural values ​​is the fact that due to the ban there were no mass protests and trials. How did it happen? Let’s understand together.

Cultural Background

India is a multinational and extremely diverse country. Its inhabitants have learned to exist in conditions of respect and understanding of other religions and views. However, even today, in the 21st century, the issue of gender equality remains open in India.

It’s strangely enough, but there is a strict separation of professional duties on the basis of sex among professionals who are wooing the beauty of Bollywood celebrities. So, women can be stylists on hairstyles, but only men can perform the work of a make-up artist. A bit surreal situation, is not it? However, a certain logic is put under it, which it is quite possible to understand.

The make-up union, founded in 1955, forbids women make-up artists to work on the set. This surprises and upsets Namrata Sonia, a first-class make-up artist who does not understand who established such rules and whether they are legal at all. Every time she raises this issue in the union and asks for a written confirmation of this ban, she is simply pointed to the door.

The trade union includes 3 thousand men, working as make-up artists on the set of films. The head of the trade union, explaining the ban, said that without such a restriction, male specialists can lose their jobs. Consequently, this is a matter of job security.

Directors try not to get involved in the disassembly of make-up artists and follow established traditions because otherwise, the film may not receive funding or cause protests from interested parties.

Thus, the preponderance of the scales in favor of men is seen – their interests are more important. Despite the fact that in traditional Indian culture men occupied a more predominant position in society (as, indeed, in most other countries), this situation is based on a completely mercantile interest. Cultural values ​​are just a cardboard cover of the true motives for preserving this absurd prohibition in force.

Bollywood produces just a fabulous number of films – this is an indisputable fact. In the such a powerful system, each of its cogs and bolts should be in place and constantly work. Any changes introduced into such a complex system, entail a period of adaptation – first internal,

then external. For Bollywood, this is unacceptable – production will stop and the system will die under its own weight.

Most likely, the situation will change someday – in the long run. However, in the near future, Bollywood will work according to the usual pattern, and only the landing of feminist assault in the heart of this media giant can change it.

Interesting fact: The rising star of Indian movie industry, Sonam Kapoor, admits that she is not interested in the sex of a professional – the main thing is that he knows his business.

That’s why she cooperates with the woman-make-up artist Namrata Sony, who, as it turns out, works illegally. You can call it a silent, not the most vivid protest, but this is already a positive trend.

So if you find an Indian girl while browsing , you can speak about this weird restriction and win her heart – it’s a very important question for modern Indian women.