This is not a movie review but my own thoughts
A friend suggested I see this Malayalam movie, The Great Indian Kitchen. To put it mildly I was shocked and stunned. Having lived my entire adult life in USA, I could not believe this was happening in an educated family in India.
Nimisha Sanjayan is a dancer and brought up in Bahrain. She gets into an arranged marriage with a teacher in Kerala. Her in law home is a patriarchal family. She tries very hard to adjust and be submissive. But they test her patience.
Don’t want to give the end of the story.
The movie is directed by Jeo Baby.
The actress Nimisha Sanjayan did not just act. She becomes a real submissive housewife. She tries to adjust to their whims and fancies. But she can tolerate only so much.
She tolerates some of the disgusting things:
The husband and father in law eat and spit the waste all over the dining table. She has to eat there after men finished eating. But when they go to a restaurant, the husband shows good table manners. The wife asks him about it. The husband gets made and ask her to apologize.
The father in law is a cunning character. He asks her not to cook rice in a gas stove. He wants his rice cooked only in fire. He does not like his clothes washed in a washing machine. He asks the daughter in law to wash his clothes by hand.
I don’t even want to go about her sufferings during her monthly period time. She should be away from everyone else. In fact, it was suggested she should not sleep in a bed. She should sleep on the floor.
The movie is not about the “great” Indian kitchen. It is about the Indian domestic slavery. It is about a wife who is a cook, cleaner, and a sex slave.
Excellent movie. Everyone should watch this. Orthodox patriarchal families should learn a lesson.