After much anticipation, Netflix finally dropped the sequel of its popular anthology, Lust Stories. A section of the audience was eagerly awaiting the release of the film as this time, among many others, renowned director R Balki also helmed a segment. Speaking of the same recently, Balki discussed sexual portrayals in films that are confusing, with makers shying away from showing them in the most “commonsensical” way.
R Balki on Neena Gupta’s “test drive” dialogue in Lust Stories 2: “It is just common sense”
For the unversed, R Balki’s segment is lead by Neena Gupta, Mrunal Thakur and Angad Bedi. In fact, a scene from his segment, shown in the trailer, grabbed a lot of attention. In the said scene, Neena, who plays “daadi”, tells Mrunal Thakur, “Ek choti si gaadi lene se pehle test drive karte ho na. Toh shaadi se pehle no test drive (You go for a test drive before buying a car, don’t you. Then why are you so shy of a test drive before marriage).”
During an interview with Indian Express, the director was asked to share how he came up with such dialogues. In his response, he said, “It is simple… I don’t think much about it.” Explaining his take further, Balki asserted, “It is the way you feel. It is such an obvious thing… It is about common sense. Neena Gupta plays a grandmother in the film and she looks like a very normal grandmother who does puja, she is conservative and traditional.”
He continued, “Her thoughts are neither progressive nor conservative; what she is saying is just common sense. There are many reasons why people get married, but the human reason… What else can it be? Just check out beforehand that you are good enough for each other. That question that most parents don’t ask, so it’s her. Who better than that person to ask these questions? She’s seen life.”
Elaborating on his thought of calling it “family lust stories,” the Chup director said, “I don’t differentiate between men and women, it is from a person’s point of view. It is not from a woman’s point of view or a man’s point of view, it is a point of view. Fundamentally it is just a conversation, it is what I call a ‘U’ rated lust story, it is just simple as that. You can watch it with the whole family, it is a family lust story. You always think of lust stories as raunchy stuff, of course, all that is also beautiful, but we just chose to do this because we felt it was our fun thing to do, to have a talk about things in most families, which they never have.”
Coming back to the film, besides R Balki, actress-director Konkana Sen Sharma, Sujoy Ghosh, and Badhaai Ho fame Amit Sharma have also helmed different segments in the Netflix film.
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