31 October, 2020

Smitten By Smut

A slew of sex-and-crime mags grips the Malayali's attention and readership

Smitten By Smut
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Sex sells everywhere, but in Kerala it sells like hot cakes. First, there were the infamous weekly Ma magazines that gripped the readers with their serialised pulp novels. Then came the soft porn film revolution which prompted even Satyajit Ray to taunt Kerala with "Show me, show me films like Her Nights." Now smutty sex and crime mags have become the rage.

The lurid covers and saucy headlines in the crowded news-stands are a giveaway to the sex-and-crime magazine wave. So, you have cover lines asking simply—'Sanyasi or sex maniac?' or hinting at a heady cocktail of politics and sex—'Sex maniac becomes minister'. Still others are graphic and no-holds-barred confessionals: 'Kunjalikutty stripped me, laid me naked on the floor and raped me' or 'Confessions of a girl abused by 138 men'. A lot of it could be pure hokum, but it hasn't hurt the soaring circulations of the 20-odd smut papers and magazines hitting news-stands. They come out of almost every district, with Kozhikode—the centre of the famous ice-cream parlour sex scandal involving politicians and...
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