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Here is a woman who is confident of her sexuality, says Swara’s mother on Veere Di Wedding

A scene from Veere Di Wedding featuring Swara Bhaskar has attracted a lot of criticism. In the scene, she has been shown using a vibrator.

bollywood Updated: Jun 06, 2018 18:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Swara Bhaskar,Ira Bhaskar,Veere Di Wedding
Swara Bhaskar spotted at a film screening in Mumbai. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

Veere Di Wedding has generated extreme reactions. While some loved the film for its portrayal of liberated women, others found it a very blinkered view on the current status of women.

The film – which stars Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar – is also a talking point because of a masturbation scene filmed on Swara. The scene features Swara using a vibrator for pleasure.

The makers are questioned by many on social media about this particular scene. Now, Swara’s mother and a professor of Cinema Studies at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru’s University, Ira Bhaskar, talks about the female desire in an interview with Vice.

Watch: Movie reviews of Veere Di Wedding and Bhavesh Joshi Superhero

While defining a shift in the depiction of ‘female sexuality’, the film historian said, “I think there is a shift. From very metaphoric and symbolic articulation, there is a movement towards much more direct articulation. For example, if you look at Veer Zaara, the Tere Liye song sequence, it is very clear it is yearning.”

Ira further said, “But in films like Fire, like Lipstick Under My Burkha and now Veere Di Wedding. Or something like Anarkali of Aarah. Here is a woman who enjoys her performance. She is sexually active. She makes no qualms about what she wants. She wants to not be in a position of being humiliated for being who she is. Her choice and agency is very important. Here is a woman who is confident of her own sexuality.”

Veere Di Wedding, directed by Shashanka Ghosh, is currently running in theatres.

First Published: Jun 06, 2018 18:23 IST