Writer-lyricist Garima Wahal counters Swara Bhaskar's 'vagina' comment on Padmaavat

Writer-lyricist Garima Wahal counters Swara Bhaskar's 'vagina' comment on Padmaavat

"I respect her opinion but I take the film for what it is, absolutely", Along with Ayushmann, who said he hasn't read Swara's letter, opined that no piece of art can be objective and as long as it is starting a debate, it is fine. She raised a question as to whether that means one should make a film about it with no perspective on racism or without a comment on racial hatred.

Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar is one outspoken lady.

In another post, Krishnamoorthi, a singer and former actress, wrote, "Funny that an actress who can play an erotic dancer/prostitute with such elan should feel like a vagina after watching a story of a pious queen".

Swara wondered if Bhansali remembers that she worked with him once, in a small role in Guzaarish.

"I've realised that I don't qualify as a feminist since I can't say vagina 5 times in a sentence". The film which has been in the eye of controversy seems to have irked Swara and she expressed herself. "I felt like all the "minor" achievements that women and women's movements have made over the years - like the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to education, equal pay for equal work, maternity leave, the Vishakha judgement, the right to adopt children. all of it was pointless; because we were back to basics [sic]", Swara said in the letter.

Women have the right to live, despite the death of their husbands, male "protectors", "owners", "controllers of their sexuality".

Women have the right to live, despite being raped. So their whole life need not be focused on the vagina, and controlling it, protecting it, maintaining it's purity. It was her "call", her "decision" as a vagina.

There is life outside the vagina, and so there can be life after rape.

"So, . Vagina vagina vagina vagina vagina vagina.vagina vagina VAGINA!", she wrote. It is also representing freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

She argued that jauhar and sati might be part of our social history, but it was wrong to glorify them because they are "steeped in deeply patriarchal, misogynist and problematic ideas" and they "don't merely deny women equality, they deny women personhood". And that's why this gang-rape infested India, this rape condoning mindset, this victim blaming society is the actual context of the film and that the filmmaker could have offered some sort of a critique of Sati and Jauhar in the film.

It was quite shocking to see Swara Bhasker pen down an open letter to Sanjay Leela Bhansali, with utter disappointment after watching Padmaavat yesterday.



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