MUMBAI: Actor Swara Basker says her new web series “Rasbhari” explores the hypocrisy surrounding female sexuality in a patriarchal society that sets different standards for men and women.
The Amazon Prime Video series is set in Meerut and revolves around a school boy Nand (Ayushmaan Saxena) who falls for his teacher (Bhasker). Things become complicated when people find out about the teacher’s supposed sex-obsessed alter-ego, Rasbhari.
Bhasker said the series, co-created and produced by Applause Entertainment and Tanveer Bookwala, shows how repressed people are when it comes to female sexuality.
“It shows you the hypocrisy of this world view. The whole show is a critique of patriarchy and patriarchal thinking where women’s sexuality has to be repressed to the point that it surfaces as an alter ego and of the fact that men are scared of female sexuality and they will vilify women,” Bhasker said in an interview.
“The show is about this hypocrisy, our discomfort with sexuality and understanding that we have different standards for men and women,” she said.
Censor board chief Prasoon Joshi had recently tweeted criticizing a scene where a child is dancing in front of a crowd. Swara had defended the scene in question saying that Joshi perhaps misinterpreted the scene.
The actor, who has been at the receiving end of criticism and abusive trolling on social media as well, said she fails to understand the hoopla around it when people don’t have an issue with adult sex comedies starring men. (agencies)