Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sheesh...did you say 'SEXY'?

A short apology:
It's been some time now that I blogged, but no excuses here, except that my daily itinerary did not include blogging for that 'some time'. My apologies to those other blogs where I was previously a regular reader and commentor, but was recently missing from the scene.

So, what have I been up to?
Well, to start with, am still not decided whether I want to see Nishabd or not. The pros are that if I watch it with a "open mind", people might regard me as "open minded" or "hep" or "non-aunty", and who knows, it might just turn to be a decent film with a story after all. The cons are of course that it is a RGC film, whose recent films, other than the aptly-remade-godfather 'Sarkar', has a storyline equivalent to half an hour, which stretches to two hours. And I also do not get turned on by female butts, legs or drenched white shirts on female bodies... Even then, this might be one of his better movies, so am waiting for someone to give me an honest review, someone who is not awed by RGV and is comfortable with "bold" subjects, so as to view the film impartially without feeling the need to either feel overwhelmed or ashamed about the subject.

When on bold topics, I found Rediff Movies has flagged off a discussion about "Who is Bollywood's sexiest actress?" as a pre-cursor to Women's Day. Of course, I have found rediff throwing up weird topics of discussions all the time, but this time, it is the messages by people who really really entertained me, and made me write this post. Do visit the site when in need of a few laughs any time during the day. A few samples:

'We need to discuss the same, as Indian women changed a lot and Millions of ppl atill looking a change like the slut Mallika sherawat and we can find the same from our cities like Bangalore, Mumbai'
(Now Mallika is a s***? Why?)

'I really do not understand why such a stupid question has asked on eve of Women's day.India is country where women gets a lot respect.I think it is better if you would ask 'Who is the best Women Personality ever produced'?? '
(Sexy means disrespect?)

'This is the most disgusting way of celebrating Women's Day and to celebrate the contributions of the fairer sex. I wish Rediff does not stoop down to become a X rated site. Please avoid such nonsense.'

I could go on and on, but the fact remains that even now 'sexy' is supposedly a dirty word, and might even be used to mean disrespect. A mere mention of the word make Indians start about our 'culture', and how 'women are respected' and how 'western culture is spoiling us'. Makes me feel that all these men and women who react this way actually feel threatened by sexy people around. A classic case of grapes are sour?

What do I say, except perhaps to thank my stars that I at least stay in a city where I was not lynched when I wanted to send flowers on valentine, and my western outfits are tolerated....


Blogger Daddy's Girl said...

Good to have you back, Aparna - and with a very interesting post. I think people have different (and sometimes strange) interpretations of the word 'sexy'. The whole 'respectable women cover their entire bodies, never speak unless spoken to, and never do anything on their own initiative' stereotype is probably part of it. I'm glad you live in a place where you're free to do what you want.

Thu Mar 08, 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

You got it right, perfectly. :)
Yeah, it feels good to be back, what prompted me more was your small note at the end of my last post :)

Thu Mar 08, 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

good to have u back... I was off the blogworld myself for quite sometime now.

Ok getting on to ur post, I have seen Nishabd and I really loved it, ofcourse most of the people coming out of the theatre were disgusted with the movie but I still loved it. I think there are couple of reasons which make the movie a must watch:
1. I think amitabh has given a performance which is even better than black.
2. Its a true attempt to deal with the subject well
3. Munnar is looking awesome and i have decided to make a visit there pretty soon :)

and regarding rediff i guess i really don't want to comment on it was a regular reader once upon a time but these days the site and comments there just put me off

I think the indian society has a long way to go in terms of accepting anything new related to a woman there are people who still think that most of the working women are sluts forget abt being called sexy

PS: sorry for taking up so much of ur space

Wed Mar 14, 01:41:00 AM  
Blogger Aparna said...

Thanks for the Nishabd review...am now seriously thinking about seeing it...
And yeah, the mentality of an average net-literate person has miles to go before they accept anything new...
Btw, I loved your yahoo avatar pic, where was it taken?

Wed Mar 14, 06:31:00 AM  

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