Of Item numbers and Male Chauvinism
Not that yours truly is fond of item numbers; in fact I belong to the minority (majority?) of the audience who think they are quite tasteless with the inherent body language of titillation. But that’s not the point. It’s the way the woman- or because she is a woman, who has chosen to use her skill as a dancer of a certain manner to go up the ladder in Bollywood be treated as a political football to be kicked around ? Who is the biggest audience of these ‘bidi jalai le or purdah ke piche kya hai kind of numbers? Your guess is as good as mine. And then to catch attention in the politically surged atmosphere in the Election year a Rakhi Sawant is put up as a signpost of degradation!
Why? The answer is in the air. In this air of darkness- rape-infested, over-zealous ‘society cleansing’ marauder- dominated, khap-approved ‘teaching the woman a lesson’ gleefulness across the country. She has dared to step out on her own, so she be punished or ridiculed. Even in the political language.