Unpopular opinion: Men don’t always have it easy.
They are burdened with a lot of responsibilities, expectations and societal pressures that no one really wants to talk about. Moreover, they are also conditioned to keep their feelings and emotions bottled up, not share or express and be satisfied with the social privileges they are blessed with.
However, common Indian men, especially the ones belonging to a middle class background, have their own struggles which are often overlooked.
These may include the constant pressure to do financially well, be the breadwinners and provide for their families and basically, be ‘a man’.
If Indian women are victims of social biases, men are not spared either. And, these short films have managed to capture exactly that.
Here are 5 Indian short films that shed the light on the life of an aam aadmi in India and the expectations and labels they are forced to shoulder:
© Terribly Tiny Tales1. Men Too
The much-needed and powerful #MeToo movement unmasked sexual predators but also ended up backfiring on a lot of men who were falsely accused.
This short film by Pocket Films tells the true story of one such man who falls victim to a false allegation that sabotages his career.2. Miss Man
Tathagata Ghosh’s Miss Man is an account of a queer man and his journey of discovering himself and his sexuality in a regressive Indian society.
The 24-minute film has won multiple awards and has been even screened in various global film festivals.3. Kheer
If you thought only Indian women are shamed for marrying again, watch this wholesome short film by Terribly Tiny Tales where Anupam Kher portrays a widower whose granddaughter is upset with the idea of her nanu replacing his wife with another woman.
It perfectly depicts how remarrying is taboo for men as well.4. Man Sick Rogue
B.Tech at 21, marriage at 24 and kids at 26. This is the timeline that is set for every Indian son in a middle-class family.
Man Sick Rogue taps into the life of an engineer who wants to go against the grain and follow his passion, but is often held back by his responsibilities. The film has won multiple awards at global film festivals.5. Taandav
Manoj Bajpayee plays a constable who is dissatisfied with life and facing a financial crunch.
Things for him aren’t great at home, neither at work but he channels his frustration and anxiety by doing Shiva’s dance, the ‘taandav’ and doesn’t let his despair show on his face, when he gets home.
Do you know any other short films that highlight men’s issues? Let us know in the comments section.