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Women writers do not get enough exposure in India unlike their male counterparts: Madhuri Banerjee

Shomini Sen | http://shominisen

First published: April 13, 2015, 1:24 PM IST | Updated: April 13, 2015
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Women writers do not get enough exposure in India unlike their male counterparts: Madhuri Banerjee
Banerjee expressed the need for authors in India to have good PR to get the right kind of exposure.

New Delhi: Madhuri Banerjee may be a well known author of bestseller books like 'Losing My Virginity And Other Dumb Ideas' and 'Advantage Love' but the author-script writer feels that women authors in India do not get their due credit.

In a free willing chat exclusively with IBNLive.com, Banerjee expressed the need for authors in India to have good PR to get the right kind of exposure. "There are so many talented women authors in this country who do not get enough exposure like their male counterparts. They are all extremely talented people and very soft spoken and often unable to market themselves in a field which is male-dominated," explained the author.

"We really need to fight hard to get our books in the best sellers list, which is rather unfortunate," explained Banerjee who is upbeat about her new book, 'My Clingy Girlfriend'.

Being a woman, writing from a woman's point of view may have come easy for the author, but was writing from a man's point of view in her latest book difficult? "Actually no, I conditioned myself to think like a man while I was writing the book. All human beings have male and female sensibilities in them. If you challenge yourself and condition your mind to think in a certain way, it is easy," said the author.

While a lot of authors believe that reading habit is slowly fading amongst children, Banerjee begged to differ. "Children sections are growing in bookstores more than that anything now. I have a six year old daughter who is a voracious reader herself. So no I don't feel that kids now days don't read. There is a large gap amongst the readers belonging to 15-23 age group, I feel. I think, with the advent of web, lot of the readers prefer reading online. But they do read," pointed out Bannerjee.

Madhuri wears many hats with equal aplomb. From direction, to writing books to even writing film scripts, she has done it all. As a film writer, does she have to adhere to the commercial aspects? "I wrote the script for 'Hate Story 2' and Vikram Bhatt had given me certain ideas to keep in mind while writing. Yes, we did have to sensationalize things because Vikram was clear about that. So as a writer, I had to be aware of certain aspects."

Does she feel that there is a market for women centric books and films in India? "In recent times films like 'Mary Kom' and 'Queen' have done so well that I feel there is a market. But both TV and Bollywood need to do more edgy stuff then, perhaps, my books can also be adapted for the big screen."

Like many artistes and creative people in this country, Banerjee is also against censorship. "We need to educate people at the grass root level so that people are able to understand what is right and wrong. Censorship on any kind of art form is wrong. It is not for a progressive society," said Banerjee.



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