The chairman of the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi recently took to social media and expressed his disagreement with a few scenes in Amazon Prime's new web series 'Rasbhari' which starred Swara Bhaskar in the lead role.
The web series is directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhatt and written by Shantanu Shrivastava talks about a small-town boy who falls in love with his teacher who is sex-obsessed. However, a scene where a little girl child dancing provocatively in front of men drinking didn't go well as the chairman raised an objection on this irresponsible content.
Prasoon Joshi took to Twitter and wrote, "Saddened by web series #Rasbhari’s irresponsible content portraying a little girl child dancing provocatively in front of men drinking.Creators& audience need 2seriously rethink Freedom of expression or freedom of exploitation? Let’s spare children in the desperate need 4 entertainment".
However, one of the producers of the web series Tanveer Bookwala clarified that the CBFC chairman had misunderstood the scene that he was referring to. In reply to Prasoon Joshi, the producer tweeted,
Swara Bhasker also clarified that the scene doesn’t intend to objectify the little girl. She explained the scene that the chairman was referring to and informed him that he was getting it wrong. She said that it was the exact opposite of how he had perceived it.
She further added that the small girl is dancing on her own wish and seeing her daughter dancing her father is embarrassed. The dance is not shameful. The girl is just dancing, she doesn’t know that society will sexualize her. This is what the scene shows.
The web series is co-created and produced by Applause Entertainment and Tanveer Bookwala and started streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday.