By: Arya Aiyappan
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Bollywood is to boldness as a thirst-quencher is to fizz. Bollywood industry has many novel and artistic films in its kitty but the films, which tickle the sense and sensibility of the audience has created quite a stir both within and outside the industry. What lurks at the background is the question of censorship, media ethics, limits of decency, consent and the integrity factor, viewer ship and the fluctuating trend among the audience. Where is the line of decency drawn? Who are the moral custodians?
With time the tempo of the age also undergoes change. While the very word 'sex' in itself was a taboo decades ago, now in this modern age it has become commonplace. Now bold and explicit scenes flood the screen with onscreen hot lip-locked smooches are raising eyebrows. While symbolic images earlier signified love blossoming with fire burning ablaze, two pigeons with beaks interlocked, full bloom flowers now the vivid scenes of sexual intimacy are portrayed.
Controversies are endless with the latest being the onscreen kiss between Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai inside a house, just after a Brazilian carnival sequence in Dhoom 2. Allegedly a case has been filed against the depiction of the scene for having undermined the self-respect of Indian women. No longer do the bollywood heroines tow with the sati-savitri image of one who would think twice before uttering a blasphemous word, wearing the ghoonghat, or for the matter uttering her husband's name. The actresses of today are ready to swim against the tide and indulge in bold scenes as and when the story deems it necessary. An actress as a prostitute or sex worker is no longer unimaginable.
2003 brought to limelight a host of newcomers like Bipasha Basu and John Abraham in an erotic thriller Jism where the heroine is a sly seductress. Mallika Sherawat, the sex bomb as she is branded was daring enough to do 17 hot smooches in Khwahish. In the film Murder with Emraan Hashmi and Ashmit Patel she even did explicit scenes to accentuate the story, which revolves around extramarital affair. Later Padma Lakshmi and Katrina Kaif internationally acclaimed models added much effervescence to the story with the movie Boom. Following the trend Celina Jaitley, Priyanka Chopra, and Meghna Naidu have taken the cue. Actresses clad in skimpy clothes are sizzling sights. Justifications are umpteen with exposures as the order of the day to sell a story.
The times have changed. Emrran Hashmi, the serial kisser was audacious enough to proclaim his having kissed on land and underwater too in movies and the wish to kiss in the air! Their predecessors Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani, Kamal Hassan and Rani Mukherjee in Hey Ram and many others were the least bit hesitant to set paradigms for aspirants like Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora who indulge in a kissing scene in Girlfriend. Not surprising enough the coy girl Preeti Jhangiani was sported in a kissing scene in Chahat Ek Nasha. Helen of yesteryears has moved aside for Kareena Kapoor in Don, Rani Mukherjee's sexy saree images in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, etc.
Despite Bollywood venturing into unforeseen areas, giving stiff competition to Hollywood, what appeals more to the culture bound Indian are family sagas revolving around the values based traditions and customs.
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