Y Films – a subsidiary offshoot of Yash Raj Films – recently released their series titled “Man’s World.” Season 1 of this YouTube four-episode mini-series revolves around a man named Kiran, who believes that the world is unfair to men. So, he wishes for the world and gender roles to be reversed and gets to experience women’s struggles firsthand. Check out all of Season 1’s episodes below!
First of all, it’s commendable that a brand name as big as YRF is remotely connected to this venture of addressing a social issue through social media and episodic content. As advertised in the series’ trailer, it was nice to see some familiar famous faces from the silver screen, namely Kalki Koechlin, Ayushmann Khurana, and Parineeti Chopra among numerous others. Gaurav Pandey, the main actor who essayed the role of Kiran, did an amazing job stepping into the shoes of a woman for this role!
The mini-series highlights the problem of gender inequality using humor. As much as we hate Kiran for his benevolent and overt sexism towards women in the first episode, we grow to feel sympathy for him and relate to the struggles he faces once the world flips. From menstruation to marital rape, the episodes touch on many of the day-to-day struggles women face in society.
Do the presentation and dramatization seem a bit overboard? Possibly, but the makers of this series have obviously exaggerated it for a purpose. The blatancy in the series’ presentation is not directed towards people who are already exposed to the struggles of gender inequality. The knowledgable ones who know what the problem is and are passionate about gender equality are already doing something about it.
The target audience for this series is people who have had no exposure to gender inequality in any way, shape, or form. Unfortunately, since most of that target population consists of rural India, there may not even be a way for them to have access to such an important resource about a perpetual problem happening in their homes or villages at this very moment.
“Man’s World” allows people to critically examine and think about their own biases and beliefs about all the issues presented. Whether or not people’s opinions regarding feminism and gender roles change after watching this series, it is a thought-provoking project that supports Goal 5 of the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development – achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls worldwide.