Telugu directors are of various kinds. There are geniuses, there are mavericks and then there are few of those eccentrics who take a rare path. Puri Jagannadh, for one, mysteriously falls under a culminated section called the ‘maverick eccentrics’. His films are largely loved by the audience because of the rich entertainment factor. Three hours of non-stop engagement, edge of the seat action and fun. People just love Puri’s take on life transcending on to the silver screen.
However, there is one side of him that pertinently targets women. A regular Telugu film goer will not deny this. We do not know if this is because of his personal exposure with women or if he makes this happen in the films to make a generic statement – that women are weak yet adamant, needy but pushy, hearty but heartless.
Here are five such films where Puri Jagannadh makes women look like gutless objects that need a superhero.
This would be the first of the subtle ones. A needy character portrayed by Amisha Patel who constantly clings on to the main protagonist called Badri. Even though there are no direct indications of extreme sexism in the film, the entire plot ends up showcasing the lady in the poorest of light. Absolutely no depth nor intensity to fight back. She needs a mighty protector.
Enter the world of Ravi Teja films, where sexist comments against women are like a traditional norm. This adding up with Puri Jagannadh’s flair to accuse women as nasty goes beyond measure. Idiot is one fine example. The heroine is such a non-condescending witch. She needs to be crucified, but the hero has a heart larger than her to give in, anyway. Oh Thanks! We are so humbled and fixed with your generosity.
We must admit, that the blockbuster called Pokiri actually elevated these hidden Puri symptoms to roof top levels. The leading lady who is beautiful, constantly abused and then again accused of being messed up in her head by the hero. I mean, cut her some slack okay. The girl’s sexual abuse on screen is like an unending saga, where she is not even mentally equipped to face or fight back. She will need an undercover cop to tag along to even fetch the vegetables. Get real!
Desamuduru is one classic case where women of the current times do not have the great privilege called choices. They cannot turn into Sanyasinis and Yoginis. Why? Because it will not suit the hero’s requirement. The fact that the gorgeous Hansika was portrayed as a rookie Sanyasini at the beginning, just because she wanted to run away from her life’s troubles. Simply pathetic and gets worse as the film traverses its blockbuster journey to the end.
Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu
Let us just call this film the sexist epic of sorts. The interpretation of women and their inner abilities from ordinary to extraordinary gets into a total chaos with the final conclusion that they are completely useless. The director’s pitch that appeals to most heartbroken young men – you women are not extraordinary. We make you one.
Really? Come lend a helping hand in enduring that labor pain or baby sit for two days. No? Then simply run the house single handed for a month. You will then understand what being extraordinary is!!