Powerful Short Film Reminds Men That Women's Lives Are Their Choice

These films continue to impress.

Vogue India's #VogueEmpower initiative continues to turn out incredible short films.


Last year, we covered "Going Home," as well as "Start With The Boys," two powerful videos created by Vogue India that address women's issues not just in India, but across the world.

In "My Choice," director Homi Adajania has teamed up with Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone in bringing a short piece of writing by Kersi Khambatta to life.

The film is a beautifully executed montage of 99 Indian women of all ages ranging from actress Nimrat Kaur to author and film critic Anupama Chopra set to Padukone's steady, powerful narration. 

Describing why she chose to use 99 women instead of 100, Adaiania said, "I liked the idea of telling people I originally had 100 women planned but God said the last one was too busy right now,"

The result is a stirring film that is both provocative and inspiring. 

Scroll down to watch. Transcript by The Express Tribune.

Let it be 

My choice 

To marry, or not to marry 

To have sex before marriage, to have sex out of marriage, or to not have sex  

My choice 

To love temporarily, or to lust forever 

My choice 

To love a man, or a woman, or both

The bindi on my forehead, the ring on my finger, adding your surname to mine, they're all ornaments and can be replaced

My love for you cannot, so treasure that

My choice; to come home when I want

Don't be upset if I come home at 4am

Don't be fooled if I come home at 6pm,

My choice; to have your baby or not

To pick you from 7 billion choices or not

So don't get cocky.

Watch the video in its entirety here.

My pleasure might be your pain

My songs, your noise

My order, your anarchy

Your sins, my virtues

My choices are like my fingerprints

They make me unique

I am the tree of the forest

I am the snowflake not the snowfall

You are the snowflake

Wake up

Get out of the shit storm

I choose to empathize

Or to be indifferent

I choose to be different

I am the universe

Infinite in every direction

This is my choice.

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