Shikha Makan's documentary starts the dialogue on the pariah status of single, female tenants in Mumbai
The real-estate brokers call them “bachelor girls"—women armed with degrees, dressed in jeans and exuding an air of seeming self-assurance. Some have voices that still have traces of their small-town accents, while others speak in the modulated tones of people to whom English is as familiar as their native tongues. They come from all over the country and have different academic and professional backgrounds, but they have one thing in common. “I consciously chose independent, upwardly mobile women," says film-maker Shikha Makan, whose documentary Bachelor Girls focuses on the housing discrimination these women encounter in Mumbai. Edited excerpts:
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