28 January, 2021

Take That Opera Out Of The Soap Too

Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that this will help a woman feel more safe

Take That Opera Out Of The Soap Too

For me, there are two parts to this debate on sanitising the item number for television. Personally, as a film­maker, I am openly and absolutely relaxed with the idea of scanning film item songs for objectification and objectionable portrayal of women. I don’t care much about what kind of a song or dance gets the axe (or not) when promoting a film. It’s simply because the kind of films I make cannot be promoted by item numbers alone. In fact, I have problems on how to fit the songs into my narratives. So it’s something that does not affect me personally. And I also do hope that such a measure would set limits to the inanity and banality of using a woman’s body to sell a film, for the lack of any better idea. But that is only half the response.

The other side of the argument is more serious. Why did the home ministry instruct the Central Board of Film Certification CBFC to scan the item songs? To check what? If they seriously think that this would lessen the objectification and abuse of women in society, then they need to get their heads...



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