Is Radhika Apte Now Bollywood’s Token Angry Feminist?

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Is Radhika Apte Now Bollywood’s Token Angry Feminist?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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t’s been nearly two decades since Rani Mukherjee married her rapist in her debut film, Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat. Third-wave feminism is almost upon us, parts of the world have legalised gay marriage, and it is generally accepted that women are humans. Hurrah.

Mainstream Bollywood, which accepts progress in teaspoons, is slowly catching on. However, the faster we progress, the more patriarchy evolves ways to assert itself. While Queen, Tumhari Sullu, and Angry Indian Goddesses proved to be decent middle-cinema releases, commercially successful films have discovered a new type of misogyny.

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