Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi movie Nude was to have been the opening title of the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of India that will take place in Goa from November 20-28. However, Nude and Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam movie S Durga was dropped at the last minute by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, which funds IFFI, despite the recommendations of the selection panel. Smriti Irani’s ministry has not offered an explanation for its decision.
Nude profiles a nude model at an art school in Mumbai, while S Durga explores misogyny and sexual violence in Kerala.
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, who headed the 13-member selection committee, stepped down yesterday in an apparent protest against the decision. Both Jadhav and Sasidharan have also recorded their anger, with Sasidharan threatening to file a case against the ministry. Jadhav had told Scroll.in that he was deeply upset with the ministry’s action, and that in overriding the selection committee’s nominations, Irani’s ministry seems to have gone merely by the movie’s title.
Jadhav has co-produced Nude along with Zee Studios. He plans to have the movie released in early 2018. A UA-rated trailer reveals the journey of the film’s central character: an abused wife (Kalyanee Mulay) who leaves her village with her son, goes to live with her aunt (Chhaya Kadam) in a slum in Mumbai, and finally makes her way to the classrooms of the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai, where she realises the truth behind her aunt’s source of income.
As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.
From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.
And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.
The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.
In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.
It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.
As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.
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