Sometime back I had written about big changes coming (see previous post) and how our tastes, preferences and priorities are changing. Well, now that Om Shanti Om (aka OSO ...the uncannily similar sounding title acquired by a certain Rajnish who also was closely associated with nudity and ofcourse sex...and ok...if you insist..divinity) and Sawariya have released, I can, for once, proudly say…I told you so.
Nudity and filmdom have gone hand in hand since…well since we had films I guess. Bollywood, or rather the part of Indian film industry that is based out of Mumbai (how long winded is that!) has had several watershed moments as far as nudity goes. Dimple Kapadia in Sagar, Kimi Katkar in Tarzan and predating all these, Zeenat Aman in Satyam Shivam Sundaram spring to mind readily. These are examples drawn from the mainstream cinema. In the world of parallel films (it ran in parallel theatres like Society and Pradip, not really parallel thought) we had bright examples of the Gupta Gyan variety (which in fact came tax free).
These “bold scenes” would be much talked about and the hype and would ensure the first weekend ran full house no matter what the rest of the film was about. There would be experts talking about “Oposhonskriti” (Bengali for something along the lines of decadent culture) and the downward spiralling journey of Indian tradition and values. Some quarters will welcome such boldness to the extent of epithets like “liberal cinema” and “bold films”.
There was a time when a heroin in a white dress (see the snaps as examples) will be the talk of the town, now it is the hero in white towel. Who could have thought of that. Well I did.....I told you big changes were coming and here it is.
Strangely enough in both the films Sawariya and Om Shanti Om, people are talking of the female protagonists with measured words like..new find, talented etc…while they are going gaga over the heroes of the film. We have seen people adore, admire and worship heroes like Amitabh, Uttam Kumar and Rajni (not necessarily in that order) before, but the media's gushing and frothing all-over in describing this display of male skin is really pretty disturbing.
The way SRK’s six pack is being marketed and Ranbir’s butt is being publicised (apparently the US prints did not have any qualms with the issue and showed the unedited version), I really wonder…..are most guys now turning gay. Maybe they just don’t know it, maybe it is an evolutionary process. If you consider the case of sharks, they have been around much longer than us, and some of them have evolved into being hermaphrodites. Is something similar going on here?
Personally I’ll reserve my comment on Ranbir, but SRK’s abs do make quite a sight…hey hang on….its happening to me…is it?