Girls On Film / Ep 82: Feminist fathers on screen with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Ashanti Omkar

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What makes a father a feminist? We explore a range of movie dads in this episode to celebrate Father’s Day in the UK. Stay tuned for some great movie recommendations, including docs, dramas, and everything in between! First up, Anna Smith is joined by Ashanti Omkar from BBC Asian Network and the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival. From Bollywood fathers to debatable blockbuster dads, Anna and Ashanti consider the types of dads we see on screen. Can the supportive dad unhelpfully play into the nagging wife trope? And can we really call Liam Neeson’s character in Taken a feminist?! Next up, Anna welcomes actor and father Sanjeev Bhaskar to the show. He reveals the strong female influences in his life and reflects on the powerful women he’s worked with on set. He shares his thoughts on our changing access to female role models over the past few decades and is grateful for his exposure to diverse perspectives. Keep listening to find out what Sanjeev finds bizarre about his father roles in both Anita & Me and Yesterday… Ashanti Movie & TV Mentions: A Quiet Place Part II, In the Heights, Eighth Grade, Juno, I Am Greta, He Named Me Malala, Bend it like Beckham, Ride Like a Girl, Sweetheart, Baby Done, Hair Love (, Incredibles 2, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Thappad, Pride & Prejudice, Station 19, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Never Have I Ever, Taken, Armageddon, Kindergarten Cop, Daddy Day Care. Sanjeev Movie & TV Mentions: Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42, Unforgotten, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Apartment (1960), Harry Potter, Marriage Story, M*A*S*H, Anita & Me, Yesterday, Paddington 2, His Girl Friday, Erin Brockovich, Norma Rae (1979), Hidden Figures, Bombshell, Fargo, Wonder Woman, Bhaji on the Beach, Alien, Promising Young Woman, Judi Dench as ‘M’ in the Bond franchise. This episode is in partnership with Rémy Martin. Become a patron of Girls on Film on Patreon here: Follow us on socials:
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