‘Isne meri bra utha ke unki balcony mein phenk di and uspe shayari bhi likh di’ – Did you find anything wrong with the line? No? The judges at the Mahavidyalaya Natya Samaroh found it inappropriate and disqualified Delhi University’s Kamala Nehru Theatrical Team for the same.
The college’s theatre society Lakshya’s annual stage production “Shahira Ke Naam” used words like “Bra” and “Panty” while discussing a part of their script. The judges didn’t like the usage of such “cuss” words and decided to oust the team.
Radhika Dhawan, president of the theatrical society, told Hindustan Times,“We thought the judges may have had a problem with the few cuss words in our play. But the anchor of the competition told us that we should have been more careful as using words like these is okay in a girls’ college but not elsewhere. One of the judge said to us: ‘ran**, ha**mi, bolne mein koi dikkat nahi hai, you think about what else you’ve said. Why the shame in using these words (bra/panty) when they’re just undergarments?”
Monami Basu, convener of the society, took to Facebook to seek solidarity against this wrong decision. According to her, undergarments cannot titillate any one and if they do, it is the other person’s problem.
This is not the first time when the judges have confronted theatre teams for their content. In 2015, ABVP wanted Khalsa College’s theatrical team to be banned because of an anti-Hindu sentiment in their play.
Such instances make us wonder if the Right to Speech and Expression really exists in our country.
Image credits: Hindustan Times
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