"My body, my mind, my choice," says Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, in a short film called My Choice. The video was released amidst news reports of rape, sexual assault, and countless other crimes against women, as part of Vogue India’s social awareness initiative #VogueEmpower.
Directed by Homi Adajania and written by Kersi Khambatta, the poetic video features 99 successful women — including director Adhuna Akhtar, Bollywood critic Anupama Chopra, model and lawyer Scherezade Shroff, and Homeland actress Nimrat Kaur, all dressed in black. So far, it has been viewed over 3.8 million times.
The black-and-white video stars the 29-year-old Padukone, who calls for a change in people's "caged" mindset about women, demanding they stop judging women for their choices in regards to partners, careers, procreation, clothes, and even the time they choose to come home at night.
Here's an excerpt: