The Great Indian Kitchen starring Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu released on a new streaming platform NeeStream recently and it opened to rave reviews. Director Jeo Baby brings us a story of a housewife and her struggles in the kitchen. The film opens up a dialogue about married women who lead unhappy lives, something that’s not commonly spoken about in films in a manner so realistic and natural-seeming. Here are a few things The Great Indian Kitchen speaks of openly.
The concept of a “wife” in many Indian households is quite disturbing
TGIK subverts the concept of bringing a wife who for household chores for free. She is more than an unpaid maid. She is expected to give up her life and dedicate herself to the household. She is expected to “understand” everyone in the family while suffering silently. The film shows how talking about your feelings and expressing what’s going on in your mind is good for your mental health.
One of the rarer movies that broach the topic of women’s sexuality
The film encourages men to respectfully listen to their wives when they discuss sex and their needs in bed. Sex should give pleasure to both parties involved; it is not a one-way street. Also, periods are not unholy – thank you very much.
It all starts at the beginning…
Treating women the right way starts from home. Children must be taught the right way to treat women, and the best way to teach them is to be a role model. Treat your woman well, your children would also learn the same. Like helping out in the kitchen is not unmanly – it is completely okay to help your partner out.
The Great Indian Kitchen addresses some other real issues as well
Divorce is not the end of the world; it’s better to be on your own than being in an unhappy marriage. We all get one shot at life and it’s okay to try to make the best of it, even if it means cutting people out.
Watch The Great Indian Kitchen on NeeStream. It simply cannot be missed.