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Why a Female Masturbation Scene in a Bollywood Movie is so Controversial in India?

Though the movie has been a huge success on box office and its all-female cast has captured people’s hearts, a certain masturbation scene from the movie has caused a not so pleasant verbal storm all over the social media. The scene features actress Swara Bhaskar, one of the female leads, practicing this 'not-so-openly' spoken practice.

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Controversies have become a part of a film’s release when Indian Cinema is concerned. And social media trolls are just a level up to those controversies. This month was welcomed by the release of ‘Veere Di Wedding’, a very free spirited and bold movie that highlights some unconventional issues present in our society. And as it is related to a ritual, a controversy had to follow it.

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Though the movie has been a huge success on box office and its all-female cast has captured people’s hearts, a certain masturbation scene from the movie has caused a not so pleasant verbal storm all over the social media. The scene features actress Swara Bhaskar, one of the female leads, practicing this ‘not-so-openly’ spoken practice. The fact that the scene featured a “female” artist is the actual issue. And the actress ever since the release of the film has been the target of hate tweets.

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Such a response when female sexuality is portrayed on any platform is not a surprise. For we all are very familiar how beautifully Indian culture is knitted with the threads of male dominance. Masturbation is not a new or foreign concept for Indian audiences as there have been movies such as Nasha and Jail featuring male artists masturbating on screen. But the sad part is what marks the gender makes all the difference.

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Talking to Hindustan Times regarding the masturbation scene controversy, Actor Sumeet Vyas, playing the role of Kareena Kapoor’s fiancé in the movie correctly pointed out, “It was essential showing the back story of Swara’s character. She was not happy in her marriage and had no chemistry with her husband.” He further added, “If it was a man featured in that scene it would have been perfectly normal and a healthy thing to do. But, as it is a woman, which perhaps is the first in Indian cinema, it became a problem.”

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People have no objections with rape scenes or other sexually violent scenes in the movies that showcase a woman’s body as a source of pleasure for her partner. Such a mindset coming from a country that gave the world Kama Sutra is unbelievable. Even an ancient male-centric text like Kama Sutra that revolves around the idea of experiencing true love, does mention the idea of female masturbation.

Bhaskar was attacked with harsh words such as this tweet from Abhishek Thakur, “@reallyswara I think after returning from pak u really change as prostitutes. U r same of india . @swara can u do this in front of your mom or brother.”


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What is shocking are the tweets coming from female users too. One of them is from a user named Arti Agarwal saying, “Swara Bhaskar’s soft porn, rip off from Hollywood crap, was not banned in India. How much more FoE do these cheap actresses want? Let this be a reminder to every libtard the next time they call India a “fascist state”.”

After being greeted with such words, what came back from Swara is something worth appreciation. Shutting the trolls with her smart words in one of the tweets Swara said, “It’s okay to do something privately and not tell your parents about it. It’s called discretion”


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Another response of her was the one made many of her fans going crazy about her. It said, “Do you describe your morning shit to your parents when they ask you what you did when you woke up? #logic”

Where on one hand, we put up hoardings of “beti bachao beti padhao” and on the other when they are literate and responsible enough to find their own happiness, our society labels them on the basis of their choices. The real question is what really is our ‘culture’ about?  Is it about calling someone’s daughter a prostitute publicly?

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