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WIDE ANGLE: THE IDEAL BRIDE Wide Angle: The Ideal Bride Wide Angleis our books and films segment at continnect. Today on Wide Angle, we look at The Ideal Bride, an Indian short film by Diksha Jyoti no longer talk about the books they read, movies they watched, and songs they hummed. It was as if the real person was trapped with the walls of her marital home and kitchen. I think through my film I have just tried to interpret the lives of the married women in India’s small towns. continnect: Was it a deliberate decision to set the movie within the kitchen? Diksha: Yes. When I was visualizing the film I always saw a kitchen and the aangan (courtyard in Hindi) of a big house in my head. continnect: It’s the 21st century, do you believe women in India are still treated as second-class citizens? The Story Diksha: Yes, in most of the villages and even in metros. However, people in the bigger cities are better at hiding The Ideal Bride is a 9-minute film that looks at the life the ironies and bitter truths of their private lives. of an Indian woman after marriage. She is expected to be demure, perform all her wifely duties, and do all the household chores without any opinions and responses. The story, beautifully narrated, is set within the walls of the kitchen, wherein the world of the bride is limited to after her marriage. She cooks, embroiders and even see her child in the kitchen. A married woman is not supposed to have any viewpoint and voice (shown quite literally in this movie with a mute bride). The Ideal Bride premiered at the Mumbai International Film Festivaland the Toronto Film Festival this year. It was nominated in the International Shorts category both the festivals. Currently the movie is not available on any public portal, as it’s still being sent to several film festivals across the world. continnect: Did you always wanted to be a filmmaker? Diksha: Oh I always wanted to tell stories and become a To know more about the movie and the creative force writer. During my college days, in Delhi, I got introduced behind it, continnect caught up with Diksha Jyoti, the to theatre. It’s there that I developed a keen interest in director and writer of this short film. movies and wanted to become a filmmaker. continnect: What inspired you to make this movie? Diksha: I grew up in a small town which is far from being modern. Lives of young women around me would invari- continnect: Which films and filmmakers have inspired ably change the moment they got married. They would you? July 2016 Edition from m B Page 3