Sonata Director Aparna Sen is a veteran of the small, artistic cinema. She says while mainstream films often  "commodify" women, "the good news is that many different films are now being made about women" and by women  who are starting their own production companies.

Bollywood tends to portray women as sex objects or subservient sidekicks to male leads. But a few female directors of independent films have begun depicting women with complex or unconventional lives.

(Image credit: Julie McCarthy/NPR)

Source: Feminist Films Push Boundaries In India

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