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#Rape and Theft Are Fine, But #Pre-Marital #Sex is a Sin!

June 23, 2013

                                                                                                          by Gayle Gimball

bunty aur babliThe Bollywood movie Bunty and Babli portrays a young woman who won’t conform to traditional roles. A hit film in India in 2005, the film is about two rebels. As Babli’s Punjabi parents plan an arranged marriage, her mother tells her about her new family, informing her, “You’ll eat, die, walk, and sleep the way they want you to.” But Babli wants to be a model and try out for the Miss India beauty pageant. Her father threatens her, “Don’t make me hurt you.” She covers her room with posters of models like Aishwarya Rai, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, dreaming of being famous and rich like them and analyzing how to apply makeup. She decides to sneak out and leave home to enter a beauty contest.

Then she meets another young rebel, Bunty. His father has told him he needs to get a job as a train ticket-taker like him and not try to be rich like Tata (the car manufacturer). His son refuses to work 9 to 5 taking petty bribes like his father. He too leaves home, hoping to get rich with an investment scheme and “be someone important and famous.” He says young people can waste time in school or learn on their own—his choice. Babli and Bunty need money to go to Mumbai, the city of opportunity, so they start a series of revenge scams on people who didn’t treat them well. With their illegal riches, they buy fancy clothes, makeup, and a car—and of course as a Bollywood film they dance a lot. They end up falling in love, but don’t have sex until they perform their own marriage ceremony around an outdoor fire. All we see on their wedding night is mild kisses, more than in many Bollywood films that avoid any kissing but do allow rape scenes and violence!

To mark 100 years  of Indian films, we are inviting people to submit reviews for our “Gender in Indian Films @ 100″ film review series.   To make a submission click here. To read previously published reviews click here. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

gayle kimballGayle Kimball is an author and personal coach at Equality Press. She blogs at Gaylekimball’s Blog.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2013 8:55 pm

    We in India tend to think the other way round,i don’t how we are going to change the society if we don’t change our mindset…

  2. Enzo permalink
    June 24, 2013 2:56 am

    Many miles have to be done to obtain a true civilization

  3. June 30, 2013 11:15 am

    This movie teaches a goodness..please change the old things to improve our-self.

  4. karthu1993 permalink
    August 15, 2013 11:40 am

    I like that movie

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