acabo sempre aqui…


…pois elas quando querem, são mesmo muito bonitas.. 

  Esta senhora, e digo senhora só porque a actriz tinha nesta foto 56 anos, há dois ou três anos atrás, é Shabana Azbi (outra do colégio São Francisco Xavier, de Bombaím), de família de artistas e escritores, que com Nandia Das  filha também de artista conceituado, contracenaram no filme Fire, que me emprestaram para ver. Deve valer a pena.

Primeiro porque foi ousado quando saiu em ’98, por pela primeira vez no cinema indiano mostrar cenas homossexuais explicítas, lésbicas. Atendendo às duas actrizes, é capaz de valer a pena só por isso…


Um dos dramas que perpassa o filme é o das noivas queimadas Ver imagem em tamanho real


vítimas de dotes mal pagos, incapacidade de os pagar ou abusos nos pedidos por familiares o noivo. Dava para um post. A foto aqui é de uma mulher recém-casada que se auto-imolou por ser constantemente acossada pela família do noivo.

Mas ‘Fire’, quando do seu lançamento, concentrou as atenções mais pelas cenas ousadas, e  foi por isso prontamente alvo de ataques por grupos extremistas hindus.

“Two dozen men belonging to the Jain Samata Vahini of Mumbai requested Maharashtra’s Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Anil Deshmukh to ban Deepa Mehta’s film Fire.

Jain Samata Vahini who? Nobody knows. End of story? No, it was only the prelude. The Shiv Sena obviously knew and grabbed the issue.

Forward to the Cinemax theatre in suburban Goregaon in Mumbai. The matinee show of Fire was almost halfway through in a packed house when a group of rampaging women belonging to the Shiv Sena Mahila Aghadi — the women’s wing of the Sena — barged into the theatre. Accompanied by MLA R. Mirlekar, they smashed glass panes, burnt posters and shouted slogans.

Next day it was Delhi. A handful of the Sena’s female foot soldiers hit Regal cinema like a tornado, pulling down posters and breaking glass panes as if on cue. It was all over in 15 minutes. The TV camera crews were there but where was the police? As Fire producer Bobby Bedi says, “The Delhi Sena chief’s letter informing the press about the demonstration said that they would do tod-phod and violence was expected … almost as if tea will be served.” After the attack on Regal, three other theatres stopped screening the film.The same day in Pune, Fire stopped unspooling. As it did in Surat after Bajrang Dal workers with lathis invaded the twin theatres, Rajpalace and Rajmahal, breaking up everything in sight and forcing the audience to flee.

It continued to spread like a bush fire  — until Calcutta, where the enraged audience and ushers shooed away the so-called guardians of public morality.”

E agora esta entrevista do fundador do Shiv Sena, Bal Thackeray  :

Why is the Sena against Fire?
Some of our Mahila Aghadi members told us Fire is an obscene film. My son Udhav asked them to see it. I said if this is the case then there is no go … I added petrol to Fire.
Have you seen the film?
I saw it the very next day. It is about lesbianism and there are two scenes of sexual acts between two women. But is it fair to show such things which are not a part of Indian culture? Masturbation is a common practice but can you do it openly?
What is the main objection?
In the name of art and progressive intellectualism you can’t manipulate public medium and corrupt tender minds. Tomorrow it might start in all ladies hostels. It is a sort of social aids.
Do you justify the acts of violence, especially when your government is in power?
I have asked my Sainiks to stop damaging theatres because our fight is against the film. It is alright for hi-fi societywallahs to sit in their ac cabins and talk about democracy. But do they know what public sentiment is all about?
But the chief minister himself is encouraging violence.
He only encouraged party workers who opposed the film.
Aren’t you running the city in an autocratic manner?
Why restrict my powers when I am running the government? Thackeray is doing good things for people and the media reporting is biased.
What if the Censor Board or the court gives a verdict against your opinion?
If they pass the film as it is then I’ll invite the Pakistani cricket team to come and play here. I’ll welcome the extremists from Pakistan. I’ll ask the Bangladesh government to send more and more Muslims to our country as there is enough barren land here. If needed we will vacate our houses for them in the interest of the nation. If you don’t have that much respect for the nation then I’ll allow this nation to go to the dogs. If you allow Fire then allow Nathuram Godse also.
  That is democracy. Let there be one yardstick. Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle (statue at Raigad) 



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