However, I'm an optimist and see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Heroines in Hindi cinema have come a long way from the Main Chup Rahoongi model of virtue. Working women are more visible and there are myriad roles being offered to women of all age groups. Earlier a heroine's career was over at 30. Today, you have a Sonam Kapoor whose career has just taken wings at 30. The traditional divide between the Madonna/ whore has blurred. The vamp has all but disappeared. All this is reason to celebrate but I continue to be troubled by the 'item number'
Also, the film makers must see the difference between stalking and courtship. No means No, not yes or maybe! Eve-teasing is unacceptable. However, we have much to celebrate. Empowerment of women is no longer a buzz word it is central to the development paradigm. All in all, let's celebrate and pay homage to all those wonderful women who struggled for equality and created the path for us to traverse on.
Happy Women's Day!"