Radhika Apte ‘sex tape’ shows India can’t make its peace with sex in cinema

Bikini and sex scenes have finally made it to India but the aim of Bollywood is pure titillation.And as Radhika Apte's leaked sex scene proves, we want to see every bit of sex that leaks.

Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2016 5:49 pm
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Radhika Apte is in the news again, because apparently a ‘sex scene’ starring her from an upcoming film called Parched has leaked online and gone viral. Now I’ve never actually watch a Radhika Apte film in the theatre (yes, yes you can gasp about that later), but I’ve come to know her name thanks to the alleged leaks of sex scenes and nude photos.

Last year, it was a nude video of the actress from a short film directed by Anurag Kashyap, and now this year it’s a leaked sex scene. Cue the outrage, the gasp, the sensational headlines with words bold, sex, and nude all being present. And there we were, thinking this is the 21st century, an age where perhaps we’ve finally made our peace with sex in cinema.

But as Apte’s co-star in the film Adil Hussain rightly asks, why call it a “Radhika Apte sex scene?” Because when it comes to sex, India and Bollywood remain as hypocritical as ever, and the gaze remains firmly on the female body. Let’s admit there’s a certain hypocrisy when leaked sex scenes go viral as only the female star becomes the sole focus.

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While sex might be an act between two persons, the consequences it seems are reserved only for the females. And this is not just a Bollywood problem. In Hollywood too, women have been made infamous and slut-shamed, because of a sex tape leaks. And it is their name that remains firmly attached to the scandal, while the man is conveniently forgotten. Remember Paris Hilton’s sex tape? Pretty sure you’ll have to Google the name of the man who was in it.

Then in India, there’s the larger problem of how we view sex, especially when it comes on screen. We might no longer be relying on two flowers or shots of feet touching to show sex on the big screen, but as these leaks show, we’re still in the Neanderthal age on this subject. We want to see every bit of sex that leaks, and yet don’t want to talk about sex education in our schools.

“You leak only the sex scene and no other beautiful scenes from the film. It only shows that we are extremely obsessed with sex and yet we don’t want to talk about it,” Hussain told IndianExpress.com. And he nails the point. For a society that’s all about preserving traditional Indian values with modernity, we are strangely obsessed with news around bold scenes, or of an actress in a bikini.

When our politicians claim bikinis are ruining society, we are quick to condemn them. And yet when an actress dons a bikini for a film scene, it becomes big news. An actress wearing a bikini in 2016 in India surely can’t be a surprise anymore, but Bollywood and yes, we the media, insists it is one.

The reason: Bikinis and sex scenes might have finally come to India, but Bollywood’s approach on women’s bodies and their sexuality remains centred around titillation. And it is an approach that continues to make money, so why bother changing it?

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    Pure.Hindu
    Aug 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm
    THAT IS WHAT SHRI MOHAN BAGAWAT JI CALLS LOVE JIHAD. ALL MUSLIMS ARE SEDUCING BRAHMIN WOMEN AND HIJACKING THEM TO ISLAM. I would have appreciated her if the SEKS tape was between a brahmin(non-Hindu) and her. directed by Shri Mohan Bagawatji I just can't digest it between a BRAHMIN AND A MUSLIM. Shame on you Radhika APTE BRAHMIN. Next time at least make SEKS with a BRAHMIN BOY, OK?
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      Pure.Hindu
      Aug 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm
      cant to understand the satire?
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        A.Rashid
        Aug 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm
        Good way to create thrill for audience to must see this movie.
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          Sic NewsMedia
          Aug 27, 2016 at 8:53 am
          Someone will put it up purposefully and remove it in a few minutes and then the news media will sit and discuss it for hours and days. Where does the question of Indians come in.This is just to build TRP Suits all
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            Abhishek Pandey
            Aug 17, 2016 at 4:53 pm
            "India can’t make its peace"? REALLY? wasnt this clip leaked from a foreign market?
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              Ram Babu
              Aug 18, 2016 at 4:28 am
              Indians never live in present. lives only in past and / or future. Literary personalities connect past and future with universal truths as ISI mark standards. Compare with these these standards those who live in the present and criticize -gain pority to benefit.......?
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                Raj
                Aug 17, 2016 at 10:03 am
                Saw this and another clip of this movie, believe me xvideos have better content for you even if its those are in low quality
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                  jay desouza
                  Aug 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm
                  Leak your own tapes and get publicity? Are you in service industry?
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