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Much ado about muah

Why such ruckus over lip-lock in public? After all, it's all about love.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 19:33 IST

Well, Indians sure have a lot of time and energy at their disposal to go as far as filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against a kiss, which, by the way was carried out on the big screen.

The smooch in question is the Aishwarya Rai-Hrithik Roshan kiss in the film Dhoom 2. A Bihar-based lawyer filed a case of obscenity against the stars as "it hurt millions of families. It is immoral and promotes something alien to our culture," said Sudhir Kumar Ojha, a lawyer in the Muzaffarpur civil court who filed the PIL.

Bringing up India
We know exactly what is crossing your mind right now — Phew! For God's sake, would somebody tell all the self-appointed keepers of morality that it was not Hrithik Roshan kissing Aishwarya Rai but Aryan kissing Sunheri, the characters in the movie? Says Dr Bhawna Burmi, senior clinical psychologist, Escorts Heart Institute, “Indians suffer from mass hypnosis over films and film stars as they tend to take movies for real. That is why we have children attempting to play Superman or Spiderman.”

But that is about children, what about adults? Dr Burmi says that it can also be an attention-seeking exercise, as people tend to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame.

Sudhir Kumar Ojha will have to answer that. Or does he want to revert back to the days of two lilies, roses, dahlias or whatever necking and pecking each other?

Big deal
Why is a kiss such an issue in India — not only in reel life but also in real life? A hungama follows such a passionate display of affection — be it among couples or just friends. And to beat it all, moral police comes into picture every time two lips lock on the silver screen and the whole nation goes into a tizzy It also gives wannabe starlets their first break into pan-Indian recall club.

First Published: Dec 07, 2006 13:00 IST