The euphemism is out, contemporary cinema is getting graphic. The threshold has been crossed. The two loopy flowers bobbing their heads coyly during love scenes have become museum pieces.
Today, moviemakers are leaving nothing to imagination, be it on-screen intimacies or violence. The trend towards realism is frontal and full-blown. Black Friday, Parzania, Undertrial, Red, Nishabd, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, Just Married, Provoked and Water exemplify this new mood. The themes: Diverse, inspired from true-life events. The treatment: Authentic and bold.
<b1>In Ram Gopal Varma’s Nishabd, a re-visitation to the Lolita theme, Jiah Khan and Amitabh Bachchan boldly depict the love between a 16 and a 60-year-old.
In Honeymoon…the newly-weds, played by Abhay Deol and Minissha Lamba, have a seductive bedroom scene. “The physical aspect of love can’t be ignored so why shy away?” asks Minissha.
Many in the industry are enthused by this ‘healthy trend’. Actor Kay Kay Menon whose role in Black Friday has won accolades says, “More than any thing else, I’m proud of the audience for being so receptive. They are displaying courage by accepting such dark themes.” And when it comes to sex the Bhatts are not known to be coy.
Vikram Bhatt’s Red promises some red-hot scenes between Aftab Shivdasani and bikini babe Celina Jaitley. As Vikram puts in, “People don’t like formula films any more. Why remain conservative and hide our real feelings?” But what about impressionable minds? “We should rate our films and say adieu to the Censor Board,” feel Kay Kay and Vikram.
Film critic Indu Mirani begs to differ. “I feel we are not ready to take such decisions.” Others like the former Censor Board chief Anupam Kher share the sentiment. Showing his concern for those who take ‘reel for real’ he says, “Let’s attain 70 per cent literacy first before doing away with censorship.”