Deepika Padukone’s Choice for Vogue Empowerment: Right or Wrong?

Deepika Padukone's Choice for Vogue Empowerment: Right or Wrong?

I was enticed to watch the video when it became viral. I wondered, can just a short film like this can empower those million women succumbing to different circumstances that prevail predominantly in our society? I must admit; it was an alluring one for Deepika Padukone’s fans. People are keen to know how did she fight out her depressions. How did she overcome those hurdles that existed in Glamorous world.

Need to know one thing, there is an appalling distance what Deepika faces and those millions women residing amidst those malicious territories face. Choices are made when you are given freedom. When Deepika says the line ‘My body, My mind, My choice’; it just makes me feel how many women in India have the right on their bodies and minds? Women are willing to succumb their choices thinking that men are more willing and strong enough to take decisions regarding their bodies and minds. So where does the power comes when women are not having a choice on their mind and body ? ‘To wear whatever I like’; there has always been an inevitable debate on whether wearing short clothes fascinating men or not. People are ready to believe that wearing revealing clothes would always catch a man’s desires and this is wrong from the society’s perspective. Does really a women wearing skimpy clothes would be gracefully accepted by the society compared to a woman wearing more of a traditional one? ‘To be a size zero or size 15, they don’t have a size for my spirit.’ is what Deepika tries to say in her video, someone who herself has set a trend of being size zero. Do fat women find grooms easily in a country like India? Isn’t a women expected to maintain her gorgeous figure so that she can earn an esteem for herself? When we talk about inner spirit or beauty; how many of us would prefer that?

Deepika’s bold statement of desiring a choice ‘To marry or not marry, to have sex before marriage or outside marriage.’ is startling for many of us. But outside our country, such practice is being followed. Whereas here it’s considered to be a big taboo. Sex is considered to be a sin before marriage and a fin after marriage. We as Indians contradict in many ways within our own system. But just having the choice to have sex with who so ever and whenever would empower a women? Is just a right over the decision to sleep or not give a woman rights to rule the domain? When a man possess a women he feels privileged. Is it right or wrong to feel privileged is my question?

It’s simple that we cannot have radical transformations taking place in a short span. The filth, the doubts, the remarks, the taboos, the dreadfulness, the fear, the sins has to be cleaned up first. A woman can empower oneself believing herself to be a universe. The infinite directions that she sets for herself should come from within. A two and a half minute cannot change situations overnight. What it did was igniting a thought in minds of people to think what is actually required to empower a women! A video or a viability?

Asha Kumar
Asha has completed her Engineering in the field of I.T. and now pursuing M.B.A. from Somlalit Institute of Management (Ahmedabad). She is intense, introvert and extremely impatience. Writing is sheer love and passion for her. "I become the Alice from Alice in Wonderland when I start writing. It takes me to a different horizon. There are so many things that I discover when I start to pen down my thoughts. It gives me immense pleasure." says Asha.