Directed by Shikha Makan
Close your eyes and picture this: You are a single, independent individual finally moving out from your parents’ house, determined to pursue a promising career in a big city. After the long, stressful process of securing a home to stay in, you settle into your new place and adjust to the new environment. However, you soon begin realizing that there are many unfair restrictions you must abide by after some time. Your landlord gives you an unaccommodating curfew. Other tenants and neighbors begin complaining about unreasonable things you never did. You cannot have friends or family over even though you pay full price for rent. Many are condescending towards you because you are unmarried. When you finally had enough of this, you decide to move out, only to begin the same unbearable process all over again.
This is the unfortunate reality for many single young women in Mumbai, who have been dubbed as “bachelor girls.” As the financial capital of India, Mumbai is perceived as the city of dreams where anyone can succeed, but this is not the case for these unmarried women who are independent and can support themselves financially.
Shikha Makan presents an eye-opening documentary on numerous bachelor girls, as they share their shocking stories on how society has harshly treated them. From the invasion of privacy, to feeling interrogated like criminals, and even having to lie about their identities, Makan exposes the corrupt and sexist system, raising awareness on the unknown issue.
Screening made possible by: Sakhi for South Asian Women; Womankind, Asian Women Giving Circle