Zoya Akhtar opens up about the misrepresentation of men in 80s-90s movies with ‘molestation’ scenes


Archies director Zoya Akhtar has opened up about the portrayal of men in movies of the 80s and 90s. She discussed how men were portrayed poorly with “scenes of aggression” in her recent interview.

Zoya Akhtar is busy working on her next film The Archies. The film which is an adaptation of the popular comic book series of the same name stars Suhana Khan, DoT, Agastya Nanda, Khushi Kapoor, Yuvraj Menda, Mihir Ahuja, and Vedang Raina in the lead roles. Speaking to The New Zealand Times, the filmmaker said: “Representation is when your identity or personality is validated in any type of popular culture. It’s not just women; other communities, disabilities and even men are also often misrepresented.

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She further said, “In the 80s and 90s, you never saw tenderness, you never saw consent. But we had scenes of aggression. It affects the psyche of a nation. You’ve seen women who weren’t allowed to express how they felt, and that definitely makes a difference, so how you represent is key, because people need to know they’re not alone .

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Work-wise, Zoya Akhtar made her debut with Luck By Chance and has come a long way since then with her latest Oscar-nominated film Gully Boy. Zoya’s journey has been amazing and full of interesting stories.

Undeniably, Zoya Akhtar is one of the most talented directors in the Indian film industry. The director makes sure that with every film she makes, she brings out content that is relevant to viewers and can connect to it in some way. Whether it was Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which became a cult classic and is still one of the most beloved movies today, or whether it was his OTT web series Made In Heaven that grabbed the masses.

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