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Talk about intercourse: Sofia Ashraf takes a dig at Pahlaj Nihalani in this ‘adult film’

Rapper and activist Sofia Ashraf takes a dig at censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani in a new ‘adult film’, asking parents to talk to their children about sex.

bollywood Updated: Jul 04, 2017 19:10 IST
Talk to your children about sex because clearing things up is better than blurring them out, is Ashraf’s message to parents.
Talk to your children about sex because clearing things up is better than blurring them out, is Ashraf’s message to parents.(Blush Channel Facebook video screengrab)

Pahlaj Nihalani has a problem. “Will you be comfortable using the word intercourse in front of your children?” is what the Central Board of Film Certification chief has asked, defending the board’s decision to not allow the word on Indian television.

In one of the web promos of ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s upcoming film, Sharma uses the word ‘intercourse’. The scene has been disapproved by the censor board for airing on television.

Sofia Ashraf, rapper and activist, of Kodaikanal Won’t fame, has released a ‘short adult film’ taking a dig at Nihalani. Fit for viewers over 36 years of age only, the video differentiates an ‘adult film’ from a ‘pornographic film’.

‘If you’re 36 years of age, you probably have a 12-year-old child and unlike what the censor board thinks, your primary duty is not to protect your child from harmful words like ‘intercourse’ but to actually talk to your child about it. Whether you like it or not, your teenager is going to be talking about intercourse and probably in the near future, having sexual intercourse.”

Ashraf stresses on the importance of parents talking to their children about sex, a view Nihalani isn’t very encouraging of.

“If your child is going to be exposed to this world, wouldn’t you rather the information came from you? Who else is going to talk to your child about intercourse? Friends or the internet?” asks Ashraf.

Talk to your children about sex because clearing things up is better than blurring them out.

In an interview to a TV channel on June 24, Nihalani had stood by his decision to ban the word. “You take voting from the public and I will clear the word (intercourse) on the promo and the film also. I want one lakh votes and I want to see that India has changed and Indian families want their 12-year-old kids to understand the meaning of this word (intercourse).”

Nihalani had earlier ordered a ban on ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ because he thought the film was too “lady-oriented”.