Noida: “Looking at the roots of film history in India, it surfaces that the first feature film was made in the year 1912-13. Those were the days when women avoided participation in films. So, male artists had to play the female roles as well. Then a change occurred in1930 and women form rich families joined the movie industry and changed its face. Devika Rani, Zubeidaa, Mehtab, Shobhana Samarth were the popular heroines of this time,” initiated by Sandeep Marwah President of Marwah Studios at the seminar Women & Cinema during 15th Global Film Festival Noida 2022.
“In Indian film industry women have played very significant role in bringing success to individual films. Their roles however have changed over a period of time, from total dependency on their male counterparts to independently carry the storyline forward,” said Jaswinder Gardner renowned actress.
“Period 1950s to late 1970s can be considered as the golden era of Bollywood films. In this time films focused on our rich culture, rural sector, family and friendly relationships, customs, norms and ethics. The issues of poverty were also highlighted. The women discharged important role in the films. They held a lot of responsibility on their shoulders to sell the films in the market. Women were given an equally dominant role in the films along with the male actors. Some prominent films of this era viz., Kaagaz Ke Phool, Mother India, Pakeezah, Half Ticket, and Padosan can be cited as example,” said Dr. Amol Kolhe renowned actor & Member Parliament
“Action era in Bollywood films began in 1980s. It brought big changes. The Bollywood heroines lost their strength and space to the hero. She was reduced to a glamorous component of the films. She danced around trees, kidnapped, raped or killed,” added Surendra Jagtap renowned producer of Hindi & Marathi Films
Neelam Sharma renowned Model & VJ, Kanchan Bhor renowned Actress, Priya Dhingra Social Media Influencer, Shubh Malhotra popular Film Stylist, Katianna Ley Actress from Slovenia, Tatiana Bhardwaj Secretary General of Russia House Federation, Dr. P K Rajput of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd. And Dr. Mariann Erdo Cultural Counsellor Embassy of Hungary also participated in the seminar.
Later Sandeep Marwah honoured all the dignities with festival memento. Dr. Amol Kohle was presented with prestigious Hindi Cinema Samman. The event was organised by International Film and Television Club and supported by International Chamber of Media and Entertainment Industry& Asian Unity Alliance. Ashok Tyagi Festival Director proposed vote of thanks.