Tak­ing the taboo out of be­low-the-belt is­sues

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma HTC

It’s a truth uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged that In­dian men are sen­si­tive about their man­li­ness, and also that a ster­ile man is seen as less than vir­ile. There­fore, it helps when a Bol­ly­wood ac­tor like Ayush­mann Khur­rana stars in films that deal with male sex­ual health is­sues. His re­cent film Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han, in which his char­ac­ter has erec­tile dys­func­tion, ap­pears to have en­cour­aged men suf­fer­ing from this prob­lem to seek med­i­cal ad­vice. Be­fore that, his de­but film Vicky Donor, in which he played a sperm donor, wiped out some of the stigma sur­round­ing male steril­ity, as it showed ster­ile men be­com­ing fa­thers with the help of donors’ sperms. “No doubt, movies like Vicky Donor and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han nor­malise sen­si­tive top­ics,” says Dr Arvind Vaid, a fer­til­ity expert. “Our so­ci­ety [now] re­alises the im­por­tance of hav­ing a dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing men’s sex­ual health. Af­ter Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han, the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing for erec­tile prob­lems has in­creased.” Dr Vipin Tyagi, an­other fer­til­ity expert, says, “The so­cial stigma at­tached to erec­tile dys­func­tion is slowly fad­ing away and this movie is ac­cel­er­at­ing that process.” Delhi res­i­dent Sharad (named changed) says, “Just like our pa­tri­o­tism is de­fined by you get­ting up for the na­tional an­them, mas­culin­ity is de­fined by our abil­ity to get it up. You have to give credit to movies such as these for ad­dress­ing taboo is­sues.”

Ayush­mann Khur­rana in Vicky Donor (left) and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han (with Bhumi Ped­nekar)

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