There’s hardly a doubt in the minds of intellects that males and females, the two most active genders, are equally capable of doing anything in the world. But are the thoughts similar in the minds of the general public as well? Do they think on the same lines despite us stepping into the third decade of the 21st century? The recently released short film, Diya, sheds light on the same. Directed by Mahesh Shinde and Bijoy Mitra, the film tells the story of a young girl who effortlessly looks after her father and manages everything on her own. It stars Sejal Gaurav, Mahesh Shinde, and Bijoy Mitra.
A startling feature of the short film is that it successfully showcases how a girl child needs to prove her abilities to make parents believe in her. On one hand, a male child is welcomed in this world with loads of celebrations, swansong, joy, and festivities, on the other, a female child’s entry is marred with scepticism, sadness, and most importantly, the dilemma of whether to keep her or not. Female foeticide is yet to become a thing of the past and despite various laws contemplating criminal proceedings against the accused, we are still to reach a point of zero cases.
Sejal plays the titular role of Diya, a young girl who remarkably looks after her father, manages the finances of her house, takes care of her studies, work, and leaves no stone unturned in providing a comfortable life to her dad. But things aren’t that simple as her father, on meeting a close friend, reminisces how badly he wanted to kill Diya when she was born, just because of her gender. He thanks the friend who had, back then, stopped him from committing the grave crime by enlightening him about the importance of having a daughter.
Throughout the 5 minutes long story, the writer Bijoy Mitra tries to reflect that we first need to let both the genders come into this world before thinking about providing them with a level playing field. Unless a girl exists, how would we learn about her abilities? Female foeticide is not only a crime but a sin, to say the least. The abhorrent act of killing a newborn leaves a deep void in the world that no one can fill. If we do not have as many examples of girls succeeding at the international level when compared to boys, it isn’t because they lack in any way, rather we, as a society, have failed to welcome them with equal opportunities.
The short story also emphasizes the fact that in India, females are considered to be the reincarnations of Goddess Lakshmi. How can one even think of killing a goddess? With the arrival of a daughter, prosperity makes inroads in a household, therefore, it is essential to take extreme care of her. Just like the father of Diya, in the short story, we need to realize that girls are not a burden but are capable enough of carrying the burden of an entire country, on their shoulders, examples being many leaders around the globe. It is just a matter of providing them with the right platform and resources so they blossom in this polluted world and make themselves famous for their accomplishments.