Discrimination begins from home: The Great Indian Kitchen director Jeo Baby


“Kitchen is actually hell”, says Jeo Baby, the director behind critically-acclaimed Malayalam movie The Great Indian Kitchen, the place he explores the insidious nature of patriarchy that chains girls to backbreaking however thankless routine of family chores.

Baby mentioned after his marriage, he spent a while within the kitchen and realised how arduous the work was and he began fascinated about the ladies who don’t have any escape from cooking.

“After my marriage, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen and I felt that the kitchen was hell. I thought of women and how they don’t have a lot of chances. For their entire life, they are stuck in the kitchen and other household activities,” the filmmaker informed PTI over cellphone.

Jeo Baby, recognized for movies like Kunju Daivam and a pair of Penkuttikal, mentioned he began discussing the thought of how kitchens serve the premise for the mission with the ladies round him, his spouse Beena, his cousins and girls pals.

What transpired was a flood of tales of discrimination of various sorts, inspiring the various particulars and nuances of The Great Indian Kitchen.

The movie, out there on the streaming platform Neestream, has obtained heartwarming opinions not simply from critics and followers but additionally from individuals near Baby, particularly girls.

“They say that the film has touched their heart. I have so many messages in my inbox from women who have liked the film,” the filmmaker, who hails from Thalanad, Kerala, mentioned.

The story of The Great Indian Kitchen revolves round a anonymous newlywed couple, performed by Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu.

The spouse is a dance fanatic however submit marriage her life is spent in cooking and cleansing whereas the husband, a trainer, spends his free time doing yoga, showing on the dinner desk anticipating a pleasant meal.

The father-in-law (performed by T Suresh Babu) is the opposite entitled male of the home, who can’t even brush his tooth with out his spouse handing him a brush with toothpaste.

“It’s only the privilege for the men that the tea will always come to them. Haven’t we seen that in every home?” the director requested rhetorically when requested about depicting the entitled Indian males within the movie.

What the film reveals is nothing new, mentioned Jeo Baby on his choice to not title the protagonists.

“There are no names for the characters because I generalised them. They are everywhere in the society, in our houses and around us. We can see discrimination against women everywhere in our society. It is not just limited to the kitchen but it begins from our homes, this is why I focused on this,” he mentioned.

The director believes girls develop up on tales about what the “responsibility of a good woman” is, internalising the patriarchy.

He mentioned, “Women don’t see they are in trouble and are part of the system. They are not aware (of) what they are doing. They think it is the responsibility of a good woman. They keep hearing these stories in their childhood. Through this film, I want to convey that women need freedom in the house as well as outside. They have the same rights as men. That’s the message but it is not really a message. If anyone is struggling with something, they have to get out of that.”

Jeo Baby mentioned lots of males round him had been shocked how he stood by the ladies within the movie.

“Like I said, the kitchen is like hell. A lot of these stories came from the women. I think The Great Indian Kitchen is the lighter version of the women’s issues,” he added.

Though the story is basically targeted on one family, it additionally offers with the politics across the entry of ladies in Sabarimala Temple, Kerala. The movie additional delves into the stigma surrounding menstruating girls, who’re barred from coming into the kitchen. The discrimination satirically offering them respite from work.

The Supreme Court, by a majority verdict of 4:1, on September 28, 2018, had lifted the ban that prevented girls and ladies between the age of 10 and 50 from coming into the well-known Ayyappa shrine in Kerala and held that the centuries-old Hindu spiritual apply was unlawful and unconstitutional.

“In 2018, the Supreme Court’s order came but even after that some political parties… we know how they reacted to the order and they did not allow women (in)to Sabarimala and they want women to be confined to their homes. They won’t allow this kind of freedom. It is related to women’s rights, menstruation and everything begins from the house. This is why it’s in my film,” he defined.

Asked whether or not he confronted any points for together with a politically contentious matter like Sabarimala ban of ladies of menstruating age, Baby mentioned, “I did not face any issue directly. There is some discussion on social media and television. But if there is an issue and I spot that I will tell that story without any hesitation.”

In his personal phrases, Jeo Baby is at the moment “idle”.

“I’m not thinking about my next film and just enjoying the success of The Great Indian Kitchen”, he mentioned.


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