Call it a sudden rush of realization of one of our basic democratic rights – the freedom of expression – that Indian film makers have started to exercise all of a sudden! The films being made in Bollywood today are coming with a distinct reference to subjects that till recently were hushed on the ground of sexual explicitness. Gone are the days of innocence when ‘flowers’ symbolized an act of love! Now it’s more on the face, as it is – direct!
An inundating list of movies highlighting subjects of infidelity, sexual obsessions, fetishes, one-night stands – wrapped in the context of revenge, gender bias, momentary pleasure, emotional vulnerability etc – now complement the variety that Bollywood dishes out every week.
If ‘Hate Story’ by Vikram Bhatt has so far been very successful in gaining pre-release traction by promising to be a never-seen-before sexual extravaganza, it’s not alone in its group! There are films like ‘Jism 2′, ‘Kya Super Kool Hai Hum’ from the list of future releases, to ones like ‘Mirchi’ and ‘Shaitan’ from the recent past- the long list is abundant with films that are unique in their way of expressing human beings and their indomitable wish to break the ‘boundaries’ set forth by an orthodox society.
But as they say, films reflect the sate-of-being of a society. The films that reflect sexual freedom are also the reflection of the change in people’s mindset. And if several films on the subject of casual sex (like ‘Sirf Tum’, Hum Tum, ‘Band Baja Barat’ to name a few) in the past have underlined subject of sexual escapade, there are a list of films that feature expletives in their content from the recent lot (you have ‘Delhi Belly’ and more to name).
Their acceptance and subsequent ‘hit’ underlines the way people are gradually coming to the terms of accepting films that are realistic in their portrayal and reference to every-day life situations – rather than long-drawn hamming and overacting protagonists treading on the repeated ‘family Problems’.
This makes me conclude that ‘bold is better’, till the time the boldness is a ‘true’ reflection of the reality of our society – sexual awakening, infidelity or inclination to improper language use, that may be!