Interview with Arati Kadav, the director and co-writer of the movie "Mrs.", interviewer Nikolaj Nikitin.
"“Mrs” is director Arati Kadav’s take on the film “The Great Indian Kitchen” (available on YouTube, by the way). The film that inspired Kadav is clearly set in the Malayalam region, but “Mrs” finds the parts common for India at large and adds a musical layer with tasteful choreography.
The film is about a newly married woman, who soon finds herself under an oppression of misogyny, stubbornness and arrogance. The patriarchal society directs the woman in the kitchen for long hours, but she makes it into her own realm, a place to hide when she refuses to bend to the rule of men.
“Mrs” is Kadav’s second feature film. The core idea of making a film about repressed ambitions and identity comes from the director's childhood, where her mother had more education than her father but was socially designated as a housewife. Arati Kadav believes that such a fate is familiar to many (Indian) women. Her first feature “Cargo” was noticed widely by critics and audiences alike and was very successful all over the world. The director studied computer sciences at first and worked in the USA as a software developer, but then began the journey to a film director in the Whistling Woods International School in Mumbai.
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