I’m un­apolo­getic about my body and my sex­u­al­ity: Swara Bhaskar

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Ac­tor Swara Bhaskar (right) says that her role as Anaarkali, a pros­ti­tute, in the film Anarkali of Ar­rah, was not chal­leng­ing.

“Be­ing un­apolo­getic about my body, my sex­u­al­ity, my life’s de­ci­sions is a po­lit­i­cal be­lief that as a fem­i­nist I strongly es­pouse. What was dif­fi­cult for me and my real chal­lenge was to pre­serve and ex­press the fact that how­ever feisty Anaarkali may seem, she is still vul­ner­a­ble,” says Swara, adding, “Ul­ti­mately she is a woman, and a woman con­sid­ered not wor­thy of so­ci­etal re­spect in an ob­vi­ously male-cen­tric pa­tri­ar­chal world. So keep­ing that vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Anaarkali alive, was my real chal­lenge.”

The ac­tor says that the mes­sage of the film was that no mat­ter what a woman does, or what her char­ac­ter is, sex­ual con­sent is al­ways para­mount. “I think our bravest move was to make Anaarkali ac­tu­ally char­ac­ter­less or loose from the point of view of a mid­dle class moral­ity. We of­fer no ex­pla­na­tion, or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the fact that she may have ca­sual sex––but on her own terms. That makes the whole ques­tion of con­sent to­tally non-ne­go­tiable. That is our great­est vic­tory here.”

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