Sen said: “I am often asked what it’s like to be a women in a male-dominated industry and I’ve always said that I haven’t come across any gender bias.”
Sen explained: “A film unit is a bunch of very disciplined individuals and when they know that you know the job they shut up and listen and do what they are asked to. It’s only when you are nonplussed that they won’t take you seriously.”
I have often heard women, in competitive industries who have male connections (like Sen) or who have such force-of-nature personalities that they just steamroll through to get what they want, make this kind of comment. There is truth to it, but that doesn’t mean there are not hurdles for women in less fortunate positions than Sen. The Bengali filmmaker did later go on to say that there was an invisible boy’s club.
Others on the panel included, Vaishali Sinha talking discussing her documentary film, Made In India, about a western couple seeking an Indian woman for a surrogacy contract, and Bela Negi, on her film, Daayen Ya Baayen, about a man trying to find his dignity in poor village.
A great antidote to mainstream Bollywood.