More than a week since its release, Veere Di Wedding has been making money steadily, raking in more than Rs 65 crores. The film, which includes a highly controversial masturbation scene involving Swara Bhaskar and a vibrator has been lauded and ripped apart, alike, for its portrayal of four women and their takes on life, its problems and female sexuality. While many have called this the coming of age of Bollywood films depicting sex and sexuality, others have called it vulgar.Sex has since long been a male bastion in India, with Bollywood particularly objectifying women and portraying sex either in a crass manner (Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Grand Mast) or an overtly erotic way, (Raaz). Very little focus has been placed on the subject of women and their sexuality, and as Actor Vishwas Kini rightly puts it, a lot of men in India do not even know that women have orgasms too.However, a few films have tried to break away from the stereotype and have dared to explore the subject of female sexuality and independence in a serious, non-conventional manner. We take a look:
June is Pride month, dedicated to the rights of the LGBTQ community – one that has been marginalised and sidelines for years. India has had a long struggle with LGBTQ rights, and, while the community has faced backlash from various sections of society, many have worked towards its betterment – both from within the LGBTQ community, and from outside. Ashok Row Kavi: One of the most prominent LGBTQ activists in India, Ashok Row Kavi came out of the closet at a time when very few were open about their sexual orientation.