This Lavani On ‘What Is Consent?’ Is EXACTLY What India Needs Right Now

In recent times, if there ever was something spoken on the topic of consent, it was Amitabh Bachchan’s terrific performance in the movie, ‘Pink’. It brought to light the importance of the term and how misconstrued it is in modern Indian society. Last week I discovered a phenomenal documentary by Paromita Vohra, a celebrated filmmaker, who voiced about this subject with delightful boldness. While one might expect such heavy visuals to back the seriousness of the topic at hand, Vohra takes you by surprise.

She begins to create a dialogue between two women, both of varying ages, through medium of Lavani (a Maharastrian folk-dance) .The setup broadly consists of a typical Indian street where the colors beautifully highlight the questions raised by the protagonists. They begin with the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of consent, and speak about it’s misconstrued ‘grey area’ when it comes to casual flirting.

It isn’t uncommon for women to feel guilty for not being agreeable to sexual advances by men they like/they are dating. This 8 minute documentary raises concerns on the importance of ‘consent’ and how it is overshadowed when marriage comes into play. However, what I absolutely loved about Vohra’s short film was the celebration of female sexuality, the understanding of physical intimacy and an unabashed thrill for sexual pleasure. I have already become an Agents of Ishq fan and I bet you to not fall equally in love with them after having watched this: