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Sex-comedies, yay or nay? 

06:56 PM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

We quiz actors about the trend of sex-comedies and their effect on young minds.

Well looks like the latest trend in Hindi films is the use of double meaning dialogues and vulgar gestures. Surprisingly, this has been well received at the Box Office too. In fact, such movies are also reaching the 100-crore mark; take ‘Grand Masti’ for instance. We spoke to a few actors on what they feel when filmmakers resort to such derogatory gimmicks.

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Vidya Balan: “I personally do not like to perform for any film which may have double meaning dialogues. Also, as filmmakers and actors we need to keep in mind the age-old culture of India. As an individual I don’t like films showing vulgarity and especially those that objectify women. Women need to be represented with utmost care. Celebrating our persona in good light will nevertheless attract me always. I am of the opinion that vulgar, sex comedies will ignite sexy feelings only among people with sick minds.
John Abraham: Let’s not have a double standard. I have not watched ‘Grand Masti’ but at the end of the day it has garnered enough Box Office success. It is a proven fact that our masses crave for such films. Those who want to watch can watch these films and others who feel it is not worth a watch, they can keep away from the theatres. On whether people get influenced by watching such acts and hence rapes happen, my answer is no. Who has that sick mind will at some point of time do such shameful acts and doesn’t need to be provoked. They need to be educated at a grassroot levels. Films are not responsible for igniting such feeling among them. If this was true, then we mustn’t even use guns in films.
Ranbir Kapoor: As actors we do roles which we feel are good and also the story line is intriguing. All I can say if Amitabh Bachchan can be called ‘Shenshah’ and Shah Rukh Khan ‘Badshah’, then I am happy to be called ‘Besharam’. (He avoids answering the other half of our question).
Vivek Oberoi: Initially I was skeptical about performing this role. My wife too read the script and left the decision on me. I do agree the film has double meanings dialogues and can be considered as a sex-comedy, but as actors we perform our roles; I see nothing bad in taking up something which is happening in real. We were indeed shocked when the film did so well at the Box Office.

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Lipika Varma

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