Raw Nerve

It's interesting to note that Bhardwaj has fought the censors for giving his film an 'A' certificate. Pankaj Kapur's character Mandola is said to utter 'Paincho' often in the film. You don't need to be a Punjabi to know that this is an unkind reference to one's sister, but Bhardwaj argued saying it is the hypocrisy of the system. He eventually won himself his first U/A certificate, making Matru a film for family audiences.

It's probably forgivable to have a reed-thin Sharma, with her boy-like figure, wear next-to-nothings. Imagine the titillation if the actor on the poster was a fuller woman, like Sonakshi Sinha or Balan.

Arguably it is the current climate in the country that is making us relook at all things in popular culture with cynicism. Item numbers are derided, child actors questioned and magazines are made to apologise for pushing skinny models. But then, one politician pardons eve teasing by saying that calling a woman "sexy" should be taken as a compliment. And then the top cop states murders and suicides are the curse of the English-educated. Political correctness, even in our sometimes hazy democracy, is the need of the hour.

Of course, blaming provocative photos for the abuse of women is as cockamamie as saying women get molested because they wear mini skirts. But who can honestly defend these posters that so blatantly objectify women? And further, would another filmmaker—a not-so-successful or less acclaimed one—be able to get away with it? I'm not so sure.

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