Sunday, September 19, 2021

Films that broke social taboos [2020 Updated]

The Takeaway:

We often watch movies, because they help us escape the world's harsh realities. Three hours spent in a theatre could push you to the edge of your seat, laugh or sleep or make you smile.

We often watch movies, because they help us escape the world’s harsh realities. Three hours spent in a theatre could push you to the edge of your seat, laugh or sleep or make you smile.


1. Aligarh

It is based in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, the film based on the true story of Professor Ramchandra Siras. They got suspended on morality grounds, as head of the Classical Modern Indian Languages Faculty at Aligarh Muslim University.

The character of the man was assassinated, and he was removed from his role as Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages. After a film crew from a nearby television station violated his privacy, forcefully barring him into his home and filming when he was having sex with a rickshaw puller.

The renowned actor Manoj Bajpayee in Siras’s role and chronicles the professor’s trials and troubles after being forced to leave his university jobs in Delhi. A journalist Rajkumar Rao who is pitying to contact him, and his case taken up in court. The court rules in his favour, and the suspension of Silas repealed, but fate has business ideas. The film received a standing award at its world premiere at 20th Busan International Film Festival. Bajpayee won substantial critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ramchandra Siras and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.


2. Margarita with a straw

The 2014 drama brought a beautiful story about a teenager, Laila with cerebral palsy, to the screen and chronicled her journey towards acceptance, exploring her sexuality and creating a more inclusive setting.

Starring Kalki Koechlin has known Laila and Directed by Shonali Bose, who travels from New Delhi to Greenwich Village for her undergraduate studies. It’s a coming-of-age story amid her complicated relationships with a blind child (Sayani Gupta), her mother (Revathi), and William Moseley.

The inspiration for the web series came to Bose after a brief talk with Malini Chib, her cousin and a cerebral palsy activist for disability rights. Chib spoke of her wish to live a healthy sex life. She has served as an inspiration for the character of Laila. The silver screen portrayed for the first time in the history of Indian cinema that fundamental right of people with different abilities to be perceived as sexual beings too.


3. Lipstick under my Burkha

Alankrita Shrivastava ‘s 2016 drama was a black comedy featuring Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles, and Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi and Jagat Singh Solanki in supporting roles.

The film chronicled four women’s lives introduced through the heroine of an erotic pulp fiction novel titled Rosie’s Lipstick Dreams.

The film fought against censorship after being denied release in India in January 2017, stating

“There are contagious [sic] sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and somewhat sensitive touch about a particular section of society.”

But eventually, with media support and an appeal to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, the film was released with 16 voluntary cuts and an A certificate.

Disclaimer: The article reflects the opinions of the author and is not representative of Chaintimes’ views.
The article does not offer any investment advice. User discretion is advised when investing in or trading with cryptocurrency. Extensive and diligent research should be carried out by the reader before making a decision.

Aakriti Suri
Aakriti Suri
Aakriti Suri is a writer by passion. Born in Delhi, she was always an avid reader of all things readable which motivated her to become an avid writer. Besides writing she’s pursuing her MBA in Marketing and Finance.

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here