The news that Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma is collaborating with Pritish Nandy's production house for a tantalising film called Sex Haazir Ho! has the nation's academics and perverts agog.
But Varma isn't buying the cheesy theory. "I am not making a sex film. Agreed sex sells. But as you've rightly pointed out, I'm extremely reluctant to enter bedrooms in my cinema. In fact, Sex Haazir Ho! enters the courtroom, and not the bedroom," Varma told IANS.
"It's going to be an intensely dramatic film where sexual desire as a feeling by itself becomes an accused party in the courtroom."
While you scratch your head about that purported cerebral treatment of basic instincts, Varma enlightens: "While exploring sexual mores the film will also look at headlines. The case that occupies centre stage in my drama will be shown to stun the nation. That includes everyone from puritans to politicians, from women libbers, moral crusaders to the common man. So in terms of canvas this is one of my biggest films."
It's also another step ahead in the introspective tome that Varma has adopted after Nishabd.
"You could say that. There's no sex in Nishabd and yet the older man's love for the girl ripples with undercurrents. Likewise, Sex Haazir Ho! is about a fight for sexual freedom where the enemy is not outside but within all of us who practise sexual hypocrisy."
Looks like Varma's cerebral phase has started in right earnest.