Ever wondered how the world would be if the gender roles were to shift? What if women dominated the public sphere whereas the men were confined to the domestic sphere? YFilms’ ‘Man’s World’ addresses these very questions and breathes life into a world where the dominance of the genders are flipped and men become the subject of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstruation, pregnancy, household work, and unwanted lecherous eyes of women everywhere they go.
A shift in the Gender Dynamics
‘Man’s World, a comedy, is a what if. What if women treated men, the way men treat women. It is a story about walking a mile in their shoes, in that world.’ – YFilms
This is the synopsis of the show given by YFilms. The series follows the life of Kiran, a typical misogynist, who believes that the world is really unfair to men. He thinks that women have it easier in the name of gender equality and feminism because they enjoy benefits such as reserved seats in public transport and getting expensive trips via their offices. He is tired of women having the upper-hand everywhere apparently so he prays to the almighty to flip the rules of this world. But as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.
He wakes up to find himself in a world where he can no longer order around his sister for tea or send condescending texts to his supposed love interest. He has to face the music and deal with women who are always groping around to take advantage of him.
The series, though comical at points, is by no means a light-comedy that solely floats on the foundations of using clichés and stereotypes to somehow send a message to its audience and start a conversation. It gets unsettling at times, as is seen in the episode where Kiran, who doubted the existence of ‘marital rape’, becomes a victim of it. Although a bit preachy, the show brilliantly addresses the injustice women face in everyday life but putting men in the shoes of women.
‘Man’s World’ is by no means the torch-bearer of feminism due to its obvious sexism but it does a good job of shifting the perspective in what would be an epiphanic moment for the male chauvinist audience.
Directed by Vikram Gupta and produced by Ashish Patil, Man’s World has been shot as part of Goal 5 of United Nations’ Global Goals for sustainable development.
Goal 5 is about achieving Gender Equality and empowering all girls and women, everywhere.
The role of the former misogynist turned feminist Kiran is played by Gaurav Pandey who has also been part of the movie ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. Gaurav Pandey dexterously captures the image of a typical sexist guy who believes that women have it easier thanks to the emerging ideas of gender equality and feminism in India.
Man’s World also features appearances from stars like Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Soni Razdan, Shruti Seth, Bhumi Pednekar and more.
Why Should You Watch It?
Man’s World, though far from being perfect, does a decent job of shaking deeply ingrained sexism from its roots by creating a dystopia which will allow the audience to see through a lens where ‘female gaze’ instead of ‘male gaze’ is predominant. The show is entertaining and piques the curiosity in its ludicrous reversal of the roles to give men a taste of their own medicine, which suffices it to say, must’ve been a bitter pill to swallow.
It does get a tad preachy and bland at times but it is nonetheless a brave and novel attempt at raising awareness about gender issues. Such portrayal of women’s issues is lacking in the Indian television so this penetration of the egalitarian idea of striving for equality between men and women deserves a thoughtful watch.
Where Can You Watch It?
You can watch it here: Man’s World