Actor Deepika Padukone joins 98 women in director Homi Adajania’s two-minute-34-second short film titled My Choice. The black-and-white montage features women from varied walks of life, including Vogue India’s fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania, director Zoya Akhtar, hairstylist Adhuna Bhabani-Akhtar, film critic Anupama Chopra and model Pallavi Das among others.
As the voice in the video clip, Padukone narrates a monologue penned by writer Kersi Khambatta where she asserts a woman’s right to choose how she lives her life in all aspects: “To wear the clothes I like… To marry, or not to marry… To love a man, or a woman, or both…”. Khambatta is the co-author of two of Adajania’s previous films, Being Cyrus and Finding Fanny.
“In my family, my father is the only male in the house, but all of us have a voice,” Padukone tells Vogue India. “I’ve always been allowed to be who I want to be. When you’re not caged, when you don’t succumb to expectation, that’s when you’re empowered.”
My Choice is the third short film in the #VogueEmpower campaign, a women’s empowerment initiative launched by Vogue India in October 2014. The previous two films starring Madhuri Dixit and Alia Bhatt address domestic violence and women’s safety.
With more than 1.9 million views and counting, the video has received much support on social media from the fashion and film fraternity.