“Right after the Sexual Harassment Act, 2013, was passed, I wanted to explore the issue of harassment across segments. As the MeToo movement gathered steam, I have been desperate to bring it out. But it is a mere co-incidence. I believe this film would have been relevant 10 years ago or 10 years from now,” the 32-year-old filmmaker told DT Next.
The 110-minute film, shot in Chennai, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai, will be screened in the city on Saturday at the Goeth Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan.
But What Was She Wearing follows more than 30 women across caste, creed and religion and sectors, including those employed in the unorganised sector.
“Apart from gender, these are women who have been subjugated on various other grounds,” she said. “I also bring into perspective the bias towards people from the North East, following the story of a woman from Arunachal Pradesh,” she said.
“I went through the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on crime against women to check why some of them have not been reported. Some have reported because they have the agency to do so, but I was interested in the missing statistics.”The filmmaker, whose earlier works include short films like Pava (doll in Malayalam) and Catalyst, will taking the documentary to festivals and other film-related events to ensure it reaches a wider audience. The event scheduled on Saturday at 6 pm will also have a discussion on the topic.