Animation Film Design>Jyotsna Ramesh
Student Name: Jyotsna Ramesh
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das
Asura
This film questions the idea of what it means to be good as a girl/woman and what it means to be evil or demonic in the context of Brahmanical patriarchy in urban India. It examines what standards little girls and women are held up to vis-à-vis what is acceptable for boys/men to do. The film also questions whether women hold any agency over their own bodies, lifestyle choices, and other decisions that affect them, which in turn is used as a metric to judge their character, their inherent worth as a human being, and most importantly, their value to society. It seeks to question ideas that society accepts as status quo and the expectations it imposes on anyone who identifies as female and the weight of that burden; it starts small but eventually makes its way into every aspect of a woman's life and controls her very existence. It is thus a POV (Point of View) film as it is autobiographical and draws from a lifetime of two decades of having interacted with other women who also underwent the student’s lived experience.
Keywords: agency, animation, autobiography, feminism, inclusivity
Student Name: Jyotsna Ramesh
Programme: B.Des.
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das