02 October, 2020

Double Trouble

Doubles have stepped in to fill the gaps many times before, but only in some rare instances. A sampler.

Indian Express
Double Trouble
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Bollywood isn't Hollywood yet. At least not when it comes to using body doubles routinely. In fact, duplicates are largely confined to stunt sequences. Happy with its suggestive, and more offensive, bump-and-grind routines, our mainstream cinema has not yet developed a steadfast tradition of unabashed, in-your-face body exposure. And in the fringe business of soft porn films, nameless heroines have no choice but to let themselves be blatantly exploited. "Our industry has no doubles, only double standards," says trade analyst Amod Mehra. Still, Jessica Choksi is not really the only one. Doubles have stepped in to fill the gaps many times before, but only in some rare instances. A sampler:

Bandit Queen: The Shekhar Kapur film on the life of Phoolan Devi had a scene of Phoolan being stripped and paraded naked before upper caste men. It was shot with a body double, with the consent of actress Seema Biswas. However, it was Phoolan herself who raised the banner of protest.

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