Swara Bhaskar's mom reacts to her controversial 'Masturbation' scene from 'Veere Di Wedding'

Source: BollywoodHungama.com
One thing that kept a vast majority of Indian Twitter occupied this past week was 'Swara Bhaskar' and 'Veere Di Wedding' - the much-talked about chick-flick of the year, that has garnered immense attention for its portrayal of four sexually assertive women of modern India.

But just like last year's Lipstick Under My Burkha - any movie that is going to freely talk about the sexual liberation of females is going to be bombarded with comments revolving around slut-shaming, moral-policing and in this particular case - character assassination of the actresses playing the parts.

Swara, in particular, was the subject of much wrath from the public - for one specific scene that seemed to have caught everyone's eye, more than any other. A large number of Twitterati's posted about their disappointment at Bharkar's 'masturbation' scene which featured her character pleasuring herself  - which of coarse, majority of the naysayers have never done in their personal lives.

As the controversies kept on unfolding and the actress herself went back and forth with some of the trolls, who thought showcasing a lady with a vibrator in a Bollywood movie is - cheap and 'unacceptable' - Swara's mother, Ira Bhaskar, too has now commented on the subject.

Ira, who's a film historian with a Ph.D. from the Tisch School of Arts and teaches in Jawaharlal Nehru University is apparently proud of her daughter when it comes to the depiction of 'female sexuality' on celluloid.

Here is what she say on the subject:

“Let me begin by saying that sexuality per se in Indian cinema is not a subject that has been directly expressed. At the same time, historically, our cinema is unique in the sense that it has developed, over the years, a very complex and refined idiom on eroticism. And that idiom is the song. A lot of things that can’t be addressed directly can be addressed through the song. Be it the Hindi film song, or the Bengali film song. Malayalam or Tamil. You don’t find this anywhere else—as a fundamental and defining feature of the form itself. A lot of the articulation was done through song. Emotional articulation. Articulation of what is tabooed. Sexuality and eroticism.”

Ira also pointed out how, despite a number of movies depicting and exploring female sexuality in the mainstream, how we still have a long way to go.

We couldn't agree more!

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