Nowadays, you can watch movies online or offline. The content of cinema has changed in years from the 1st Indian film “Raja Harishchandra” (1913) to today’s “Gandi Bat”. Web series and other streaming portals, that have provided creative freedom to the directors, have backfired too. As a result, nudity and objectification of women’s body has become a medium to sell content and subscriptions. So is it a way to sell more content? No. Nudity can be much more dangerous in the wrong hands. Still, the vulgar and objectifying aspect of nudity is trending today for better sales.
Sometimes nudity is the outcome of lazy writing and lack of weight in the story. Such movies depend entirely on erotic scenes, for attention from the viewers. Making sequels of pre-existing B-grade movies with new female stars to show more skin works well too. This is visible in movies like Masti(2004) Grand Masti(2013) and Great Grand Masti (2016). As the sequels came up, there was a lack of creativity and story, with an increase in over-the-top vulgar nudity and cheap double-meaning jokes.
Such content raises questions on the intelligence of the Indian audience. Another example is Kya Super Cool Hai Hum. With a ridiculous plot, this movie has only lame jokes and eye candy to offer to the audience. Ragini MMS2 is also a sequel with more nudity and less story. Posing Sunny Leone as eye candy, the movie isn’t even scary from a horror point of view and is a complete insult to the intellect of the Indian audience.
Story Demands it
Nudity is a very powerful expression if used correctly. Being raw in nature, it can express a variety of emotions.It also gives the content more depth and a real feel. Such kind of nudity must not be used as a means for manipulating viewers.
According to the renowned actor Pankaj Tripathi, “People can watch porn if they want to see the nudity”. It is true that nothing is as loud or as quiet as nudity. The difference is to know where to draw a line between vulgarity and art. For example, in Bandit Queen (1944): the assault against Phulan can’t be replaced by some other metaphors as the impact it creates on viewers is very significant.
The 1996 film “Kam Sutra A Tail of Love” contains an artistic representation of nudity. Having many scenes of nudity, it maintains the beauty of cinema and storytelling. There is nothing inviting to the audience but instead, the audience has a chance to admire and praise the storytelling, character building and cinematography. Another modern era film having the same potential is Lipstic Under My Burkha(2017). It is about 3 women of different ages, who seek freedom to fulfill their desires. The movie’s storytelling does not capitalize on any erotic scene. It is a very bold movie even to this date.
Whether nudity is artistic or vulgar, depends on its use. Having young and impressionable audience, producers sometimes capitalize on nudity and vulgarity to sell their lack of creativity. Everything revolves around the audience. Cinema often targets a huge threshold of the young audience by teasing them with nudity to earn more money. Thus, by stopping the promotion of such content, we can reduce the amount of vulgarity in movies.
Nudity is a tool to express a spectrum of emotions. Movies mostly use nudity as eye candy to mask their lack of creativity. Even web series and other online platforms give creative liberty to actors and directors to go the extra mile, in order to, express themselves. And this liberty is violated whenever someone makes a film with vulgarity and poor story. Such freedom should instead be used in productive ways to create more memorable pieces of art. Occasionally, nudity is a necessity of the story but most of the time, it is just a means to tease the audience. It is time to draw the line where art ends, and vulgarity begins.