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