‘Women Telling Women’s Stories’ and My Inherent Bias.

I’ve always found it interesting that Dil Chahta Hai (DCH), a film written by a man, about men, has more nuanced and well-presented female characters than its spiritual successor Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), a film written by a woman. Even if the former film asks us to indulge its three male protagonists and their coming-of-age struggles, it also gives us women like Shalini, Pooja, and Tara who have their own problems independent of the men. ZNMD, however, is more focused on the men. It has three women too, but they are afterthoughts, at best, and unbearable…