In the Rig Vedic period, when the marriage ceremony was performed, the bride’s father used to gift cows etc. to the grooms family. In the later period, this tradition of gifts was given the name of Dowry which proved to be a curse for the society. The newly wedded brides were ill-treated in their husband’s house. Moreover, there are innumerable stories where the girl was brutally and mysteriously murdered. The aftermaths are proved by the heinous crimes like feticide.
The Hindi feature film “498A- The Wedding Gift” is an initiative to bring to the notice the lacunas of the section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. This law of the Indian Constitution is called the Dowry Law and is meant to protect the woman’s from the unlawful behavior of the husband and his relatives. But with the changing trends, the law meant to safeguard the women was made to be a loop for the men. Slowly and gradually, this law has become a serious threat for the Indian society.
The debut Director Suhaib Ilyasi has tried to raise this social cause in his film “498A- The Wedding Gift”. The maestro Ghulam Ali supports this subject by giving his voice to the patriotic lyrics of a song in the movie. The film consists of the widely known actors like Alok Nath, Farida Jalal, Reema Lagu and many more.
Long before, it was said, "the cinema is the shadow of the society". The cinema “498A- The Wedding Gift” tells about the misuse of this significant law of the Indian Constitution. The film is being made under the banner of ‘Aaliya Productions Pvt. Ltd. and is truly the shadow of the society. The amendments are the cry of the hour and it should certainly be considered.