Ranveer Singh’s carefree approach toward any behaviors that challenge heteronormativity may account for his appeal among homosexual men who are primarily from rural towns. The faces of well-known Bollywood stars are not frequently seen on the “Grindr” dating app, but this time Ranveer Singh is on the high sporting by the homogenous and heterogeneous users.
As a result of Ranveer’s portrayal of the bisexual Alauddin Khilji and his “vivid” sense of style, rumors regarding his sexual orientation frequently take center stage in Bollywood rumors. He has demonstrated that one may be straight, emancipated from gender identities, and yet lead the Hindi film business, which hasn’t seen a rush of LGBT+ superstars coming out since Section 377 was repealed for consenting people. He has worn everything from high heels to stunning ghagras.
A few days before, the Bollywood actor had been accused of violating Sections 292, 293, and 509 of the IPC and section 67A of the IT Act 2022 of the Indian Parliament, according to the FIR (First Information Report) filed against him.
Section 292 specifically prohibited the sale, exhibition, and circulation of obscene material and laid down the punishment for its contravention.
Section 293 specifically prohibited the sale, exhibition, and circulation of obscene material to young persons and laid down the punishment for its contravention.
Section 509 lays down the punishment for intending to insult the modesty of any woman through word, gesture, or act.
Section 67A lays down the punishment for publishing or transmitting the material containing the sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form.
The court is available to deal with the matter, and Ranveer Singh can also move to Supreme Court to quash the Fir.
Moving further to the issue, we are more curious to know about nude art in India.
On examining the development of nude art in India, from temple decoration to its inclusion in contemporary works of art. Some of you might have seen the small Kangra paintings or been to the Khajuraho Temple and cannot shout but notice the depictions of men and women in passionate situations.
Miniatures depicting shringar rasa (erotic love), which rose in popularity during the Mughal Empire (16th century), frequently showed a heroine (nayika) waiting for her beloved or, say, admirer. Even though nude figures were frequently shown in Indian art, realism was lacking. Students began studying models for lifelike depictions of the human body as soon as art institutions began to emerge. For example, the Sir JJ School of Art in Bombay was opened in 1857.
Further developments occurred during the 1970s and 1980s when modern art took off. Since then, current events have significantly influenced art. Similar to still-lifes and landscapes, nudist art has been included in the past and could not propagate in the modern history period as the theme was changed to academics only. Few modern painters work in the genre, and they are no longer widely represented in exhibitions.
Globally, there are many different rules about clothing. People who wear clothes that are not socially acceptable are often persecuted because the community norms on clothing style are indirectly imposed. Its following has become a rule book over time. Traditionally, the unclothed body did not really excite the viewer; the clothed body was not really part of our tradition. For instance, a garment like a blouse only came to use 200 years ago,” says Kishore Singh, director of Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) and an art critic.
A piece of art is said to as “nude” if it was made with the intent of the viewer’s enjoyment in mind or seeking pleasure. However, it is referred to as a “naked” image of the body if the artist uses the body as a storytelling tool to represent social, political, and gender realities.
Ram Gopal Verma and alike minded has opened the debate for the gender quality in the photo shoot. Here I remembered the female nude sculpture of Yakshi with her curves and curls in Kerala in 1969. Its sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman said: ‘There is nothing obscene in her nudity, and people feel so because they are conditioned to see women in that way. Analyzing this statement and agreeing with it, it looks incomplete though it highlights the matured mindset and broad thinking. The intent of the sculptor sounds well when the same wordings open the gate for men as well.
A progressive democracy and a mature society should come with the representation of all kinds of emotions and personalities with a suitable level of tolerance.