A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Films and Sexuality

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The Editorial: Films and Sexuality

The arts hold great sway on how sexuality is viewed, represented, and understood. Does art imitate life, or life, art? Or can it be tossed away as an inscrutable mix of the two influencing each other?
Poster of the film 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram', showing a man dressed in a red shirt caressing a woman dressed in a blouse and lehenga that exposes her midriff

राज कपूर की सत्यम शिवम् सुन्दरम में आकांक्षाएँ और समझौते

सयद साद अहमद द्वारा लिखित “हम क्या वास्तव में सच जानना चाहते हैं? सत्य की क्या आवश्यकता है? उसके बदले में झूठ क्यों नहीं? अनिश्चितता? अज्ञानता?...कोई वचन झूठ हो, ज़रूरी नहीं वो गलत हो...हमें ये देखना है कि वो कितनी ज़रूरी हैं हमारी ज़िन्दगी में...मनुष्यों का ऐसा झुकाव है कि बड़े से बड़ा झूठ हमारे…
Painting of a woman with her hands covering her mouth in shock, as she looks at a phone screen

Sex, Honour, Shame and Blackmail in an Online World

Thousands of young women in conservative societies across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia are being shamed or blackmailed with private and sometimes sexually explicit images. A look at how smartphones and social media are colliding head-on with traditional notions of honour and shame.
Still showing actress Katrina Kaif wearing a white shart and black hat

सिनेमा, संगीत और सहमति पर बातचीत

गाने अक्सर फिल्मों से अधिक लोकप्रिय होते है और अपने अलग ही मतलब का निर्माण करते हैं। इनका मतलब उनता ही विविध है जितना इनको सुनने वाले लोग। मैं यह बिल्कुल नहीं मानता कि हम जो फिल्म और चित्र देखते है उसका हमारे जीवन पर सीधा असर पड़ता है। हिंसक या अन्यथा मूर्खतापूर्ण कार्यों के लिए दोषी वह ही हैं जो यह कार्य करते हैं और वे जो उन्हें बेहतर शिक्षा दे सकते थे पर उन्होंने ऐसा नहीं किया। शिक्षा और बातचीत से हम युवाओं को सही समझ और बेहतर निर्णय लेने के लिए सक्षम बनाते हैं।
Collage of stills from the film 'Fire'

How My Teen Dating at Film Festivals Turned Into Love

My first ‘date’ was at a festival screening of an understated French-Canadian film that featured a tremendous amount of chatter and Chopin. I qualify ‘date’ because, while I was certainly on the brink of tumbling head over heels, the object of my affection, let’s call her ObjA, was blithely unaware of the romantic hopes that hinged upon our meeting.
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Video Page: Love Waits For No-One in Moi Marjaani

“A spirited independent single mother struggles on a daily basis to provide a comfortable life to her son and herself. She runs a small Internet cafe in Patiala, Punjab for a living, and is an Internet user herself. The film highlights a phase in her life when love comes knocking on her door. If only its timing was right!”
A man in a black leather jacket, a woman standing beside him, her back faced to the camera.

An Invisible Diversity of Gaze

There are a number of different ways to approach this theme, Films and Sexuality. One way is through the eyes of the popcorn-eating, samosa-chomping, money-paying audience member who chooses to see or not see a film, who likes or dislikes it, who makes the film a box-office hit, or pans it.