Actress Swara Bhasker’s latest web series Rasbhari has been getting mixed reviews on social media. Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi on Friday took to Twitter to express displeasure over certain sequences in the series, calling the content ‘irresponsible’.
Referring to a scene which shows a young girl dancing in front of a few men, he said the makers should have spared the children in their “desperate” need for entertainment. “Saddened by Web series #Rasbhari’s irresponsible content portraying a little girl child dancing provocatively in front of men drinking. Creators & audience need to seriously rethink freedom of expression or freedom of exploitation? Let’s spare children in the desperate need for entertainment,” Joshi said.
Swara responded to Joshi’s tweet and said that he has misunderstood the context of the scene. “With respect sir, perhaps you have misunderstood the scene. It’s absolutely opposite to how you have described it. The child is dancing by her own choice, the father gets awkward and embarrassed on seeing it. The girl is simply dancing. She doesn’t know that the society will sexualise her too. That’s all there is to this scene,” she wrote.
आदर सहित सर, शायद आप scene ग़लत समझ रहे हैं। सीन जो वर्णन किया है उसके ठीक उल्टा है। बच्ची अपने मर्ज़ी से नाच रही है- पिता देख कर झेंप जाता है & शर्मिंदा होता है।नाच उत्तेजक नहीं है, बच्ची बस नाच रही है, वो नहीं जानती समाज उसे भी sexualise करेगा- scene यही दिखाता है। #Rashbhari https://t.co/xUAmRBHHjJ— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 26, 2020
Rasbhari released on Amazon Prime on Friday. The series also features Rashmi Agdekar, Pradyuman Singh, Neelu Kohli and Chitranjan Tripathi. Set in Meerut, Rasbhari revolves around a boy Nand (Ayushmaan Saxena) who falls for his teacher (Swara). Things get complicated when people find out about the teacher’s supposed “sex-obsessed” alter-ego.
The series is written by Shantanu Shrivastava and directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhatt.
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