A few elements that bring women directors in India together are:
(a) a bias towards ethnicity in terms of plot and theme;
(b) reliance on following a narrative structure often based on literary works;
(c) subtle and direct attempts to celebrate womanhood;
(d) a strong and bold depiction of sensual feelings and relationships between a man and a woman beyond the parameters of socially sanctioned bonds;
(e) some conscious or unconscious tendency to present men in the negative light.
Technically, Indian women directors reveal –
(i) an obsession with capturing the physical detail of each mise-en-scene,
(ii) stronger emphasis on characterisation than on incidents,
(iii) Imaginative camerawork that explores the visual space within each frame,
(iv) Strong bias towards setting, period, locale and the socio-physical backdrop to define the context of the story/plot/theme,
(v) Use of ‘mood’ music for the background score, and
(vi) No noticeable tendency to experiment with an anti-narrative structure within cinema.