That is all you will get to see after 57 cuts.

The opening scene of The Dirty Picture shows a rustic Silk Smitha moaning in her room trying to distract a couple who is having sex in the next room. As I settled comfortably on my seat in the cinema hall enjoying the moaning overlapping with my wife’s laughter, I heard another voice – a crying child. At first I thought it’s a woman screaming at her husband but then a second later, a pair of toddlers swooshed past me playing on the stairs of the cinema hall. Considering the fact that the movie had an Adult only certificate, there were a lot of children in the theatre. It seems that Indian parents have taken up sex education very seriously and the cinema owners were fully supporting them by royally flaunting the rules.

That is why, when I&B ministry decided to stop the prime time telecast of the movie, it was unscrambling scrambled eggs. If the I&B ministry wanted to save the parents from embarrassment, maybe stopping the news channels from using the word “Porn” while telecasting the sham that happened in the Karnataka assembly would have been the right step.

Another point to moan in the whole episode is that the movie won three National Awards and still was banned to be shown in prime time. It’s like the French draping the statue of Venus with a cloth in the Louvre and justifying it with the following statement – “We know it’s a masterpiece but we can’t show her naked breasts to children.”

How dare you call me a naked woman? I am a masterpiece!

I am not completely blaming I&B ministry for this. The ministry apparently received a lot of calls from concerned parents about the effect the movie will have on their children. Haven’t the parents heard of a remote control? And how much of the objectionable content of the movie will be left after 59 cuts? Did the parents understand the meaning of a UA certificate and the fact that the Censor Board approved the movie after the cuts? Maybe instead of sexually oppressing their children, such parents should talk to them about the topic. They will be surprised to know that their children can teach them a thing or two.

I grew up watching Baywatch and Santa Barbara with my grandparents and came out all right.  I do not eve tease; I am not a rapist and have a comfortable job. Although my parents did not want me to see Pamela running on the beach wobbling her assets and reprimanded my grandparents for making me sexually active well before my age (which is not true I think), all they could elicit was an amusing tsk-tsk from my grandma. She found my parents very old fashioned. It’s just a bloody kissing scene, she would say at times.

Sometimes I wonder if there is an entire spectrum of parents in India. The liberal who take their children to watch Delhi Belly, The Dirty Picture and Vicky Donor and the conservatives who have loads of time on their hand to file a PIL against Dirty Picture being shown on prime time after 59 cuts. I am sure the latter group would turn a beetroot red every time they view an advert for sanitary napkins and condoms in front of their children.

The point being that the more a child is hushed into not watching something, the more curious he gets. If you do not give him any answers, he will find them from somewhere else, sometimes contorted ones. I am not asking the parents to send their children to strip clubs but running towards your child with a blanket to cover him up every time you see Imran Hashmi on screen will not help either. You will end up with a lot of holes in your blanket.

And please do not talk about culture and values. I am sure parents will instill more values in their children if they do not spit on roads, do not litter and do not jump signals in front of their children. Installing values is making the children aware of the various evil practices rampant in our great nation. And culture is nothing but a controlling stick. The brittle it gets, the better.

And, yes, The Dirty Picture is available for 20 Rs in a lot of markets in India. I am quite sure most of the children can afford it.

2017-11-11T00:38:42+00:00 Tags: , , , , , |

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

14 Comments

  1. Indian Homemaker May 4, 2012 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I wish more people thought this way. Specially about culture and values.

    • Amit May 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Yes. As parents, people need to understand that they should amend their ways first to set examples for their children. They really can’t escape their responsibilities by stopping a movie from being telecasted and feeling good about it.

  2. ddeepa May 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Very well said. Couldn’t agree more! Oh and Dirty Picture should be banned yet the most recent controversial serial Bade Acche Lagte Hain which showed pretty intimate scenes is OK? Just because thats a show that parents watch? To me thats hypocrisy at its best! Completely agree with the last para. Social values and civic sense are more important items that parents should spend their time on – not such measly topics!

    • Amit May 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks ddeepa. Excatly, although they will argue that Bade Acche Lagte hain have a late night slot but I do remember the lip lock picture on the front page of a newspaper magazine. What are parents supposed to do with that? Hide the newspaper?

  3. Ashwathy May 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    running towards your child with a blanket to cover him up every time you see Imran Hashmi on screen will not help either. You will end up with a lot of holes in your blanket.
    ROFL!!! 😀 I actually imagined that!! 😆

    I m glad somebody said this aloud on the blogging forum.
    And BTW why 20 rupees? The entire picture is available for FREE on the net??? Who do these people think they are kidding? Like really??!!

    • Amit May 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      🙂
      Thanks Ash. Yes, you are right. It is available for free on the internet too. Sometimes I think people have no idea about how far ahead the world has advanced.

  4. Priya Sreeram (@priyasreeram) May 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    totally echo your sentiments and I blogged about it too http://iwrite-myblog.blogspot.in/2012/04/happy-picture.html
    still, I was glad the pic was not telecast on prime-time(blame the mom in me) !

    • Amit May 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm - Reply

      I think you were in two minds. 🙂 I don’t think there would have been anything left in the movie after the cuts.

  5. pixie June 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    LOL!
    How true! I see parents trying to tell their kids kissing is bad and done only in movies here! 🙄
    your last para speaks volumes!! i wish more and more parents realised that and not try to instil Crap in the name of “Indian Culture”!!

    • Amit June 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm - Reply

      Haha! I think the children nowadays are too smart for that. 🙂
      Yes, we use “Indian Culture” are a controlling stick. When we think our children are not going as we want them to, out comes the Indian culture.

  6. Shaili June 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    The problem with Dirty Picture was not that it was ‘dirty’. It has a strong female character in the lead, who was ‘promiscuous’, blatantly showing off her sexuality and not afraid to do what she wanted. If our children (especially daughters) started thinking for themselves, how will we manage to keep them under control? Who will carry on that burden of ‘indian values’ on their shoulders, then ?

    That was the problem. A lot of us can’t digest that. Sorry if this sounds a bit too sarcastic. I tend to get touchy about The Dirty Picture, god knows why. :-O

    • Amit June 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      I understand that it was an Adult movie but then they were showing it after so many cuts. God know what all that Halla was about!
      I agree with you. Somewhere the parents are scared that their children will start to think on their own, no longer available to be programmed.

  7. Reema June 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Of all the stupid ads, serials and violence shown on tv, all they could think of is this movie to be banned?

    • Amit June 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Some issues just get blown out of proportion, just like riots. There is no logic. 🙁

Leave a Reply