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Horror+Sex=’Horrex’: The new thrillers in Bollywood



New Delhi: Actress Bipasha Basu during a press conference to promote her upcoming film `Alone` in New Delhi, on Jan 12, 2015. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)


New Delhi: “Scary is the new sexy,” says actress Bipasha Basu ahead of the release of “Alone”, but Bollywood trade experts believe filmmakers have for long entertained viewers with ‘horrex’, an amalgamation of horror and sex.

The “Raaz” and “Ragini MMS” franchises, “1920”, “Haunted – 3D” and now “Alone” are a case in point.

“Alone” is not the first time that Bipasha has got up, close and personal with an actor on screen for a horror movie. She did it in “Raaz”, but she’s uninhibited in admitting that “Alone”, releasing Friday, is her boldest ever work.

Whether it’ll work for the film or not is yet to be seen, but a combination of intimate scenes and horror adds an intriguing touch to a horror film, says Bhushan Patel, who has directed “Alone”, about conjoined twins who had promised to be together and how the death of one sister leads to a series of chilling incidents.

“Sex and scares have always gone hand in hand in films. It is an integral part of the genre. If you see old English films like ‘Dracula’, they all had their share of sex (scenes),” Patel commented.

Patel, who has directed films like “1920: Evil Returns” and “Ragini MMS 2” as well, says ‘horrex’ works like “magic” on the screen.

Tanuj Garg, former CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures which has produced films like “Krishna Cottage” and “Ragini MMS”, says infusing horror with erotica grabs more eyeballs.

“When you add erotica into horror, it becomes more appealing and exciting. The formula has worked on a large scale. I think just erotica or horror by itself wouldn’t have garnered that much fascination as the combination has,” Garg commented.

Just a cursory glance at films of late 1980s like “Veerana”, “Purani Haveli” and “Bandh Darwaza”, will prove that some thrills with titillating scenes can add some frills to a movie.

Patel says the inclusion of veiled issues like sex has always managed to capture attention.

“The fascination continues as it is the dark side. The dark side is interesting and alluring. Sex is a taboo and often scares people. People are indulging in it every day and so what’s wrong in showing it and talking about it?” Patel asked.

No matter how they defend the use of sex, makers of such movies have faced flak over making sex as the driving force of a film with no storyline.

Garg pointed out that the content in Bollywood films is well within limits thanks to the strictness of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

“I don’t think we can cheat anyone by using sex as a driving force due to restrictions in terms of how much the censor will allow. So one has to balance the two elements,” Garg noted.

Echoing this, Patel said: “Sex is a tool in horror films to take the story forward. I don’t think sex is used unjustifiably.”

Hence the staple ingredients of a Bollywood horror film: some spooky noises, a dark ambiance, a woman in distress, a hero, evil spirits, lovemaking scenes and sensual songs.

Distributor Rajesh Thadani held a different point of view and said that horror films have been reduced to sleaze fests to ensure success.

“It is the easiest way to make a successful film. The collections of these films is also decent,” Thadani commented.

Adding to that, trade expert Vinod Mirani said: “Films, especially of the horror genre, in India are getting poorer in content.”

“Horror films lack in content and they try to make it up with sound effects, loud background music, low light choreography and, in desperation, sex,” Mirani commented.

It’s needless to say that movies like “Haunted – 3D”, “Raaz 3” and “Ragini MMS 2” were given ‘A’ certificate, making it open only to adult audiences. But the makers have no qualms as their target itself is adults only!

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Kanhaiya is an aberration, nationalists don’t accept it: Rajiv Pratap Rudy




Kolkata: Describing Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as an “aberration”, union minister and BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Sunday said such an aberration will not be accepted at the cost of nationalism.

Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of a party event here, Rudy ridiculed the Left parties for using the media and universities to turn Kanhaiya Kumar — who was jailed on sedition charges but recently granted interim bail — into a “momentary hero”.

Using the media, universities and NGOs, the Leftists sided with anti-national sloganeers and managed to turn Kanhaiya into a hero for the time being, but the people of the country are aware of Leftists’ intentions, he said.

“Kanhaiya is an aberration and the nationalism and nationalists will not allow this aberration to be part of the country’s polity,” said Rudy.

Commenting on the demand for change in the sedition laws, Rudy said those who are clamouring intolerance were anti-nationals.

“Nationalism cannot be compromised at any cost and it cannot be brought to on par with the debate of intolerance. When people are talking of breaking the country, when people are raising slogans against the country, this debate of intolerance is nothing but anti-nationalism,” said the union Minister of state for skill development and parliamentary affairs.

“It is for the court to decide whether a change needs in the sedition laws, but there cannot be any compromise when your actions are seditious,” he said.

Addressing a seminar of the party’s state intellectual cell, Rudy said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the only political party in the country whose ideals are not personality-based.

“The chief character of almost all the parties, be it south India or the east, be it the Samajwadi Party or the Congress, their ideals are based on a certain personality, but the BJP’s soul is country, nationalism,” he said.

Enumerating the various developmental schemes undertaken by Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, Rudy called upon the party’s intellectual cell to endeavour for bringing the BJP in power in West Bengal.


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One dead, two hurt on Scorsese film set




Taipei:  One person died and two others were injured Thursday while preparing to film the movie “Silence”, the latest project of US filmmaker Martin Scorsese, in Taiwan, regional authorities reported.

According to the Taipei City Construction Management Office, the accident took place at the city’s Culture and Movie Centre when temporary wooden scaffolding fell on three Taiwanese workers.

The victims, between 40 and 50 years of age, were immediately transferred to a nearby hospital where one was declared dead on arrival after cardio-pulmonary resuscitation proved fruitless, a spokesperson from the construction office told the press.

Scorsese is in Taiwan to prepare for shooting scenes for the historical drama.

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Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage



Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage

Akshay-Twinkle Complete 14 Years Of Marriage

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna completed 14 years of marriage On January 17th.

The two tied the knot on January 17, 2001. Akshay posted a cutesy picture of him and Twinkle, giving it an adorable caption that read, “After 14 years of listening to the same old jokes of @mrsfunnybones I still wait to hear more ! #happyanniversary.” Twinkle is known as Mrs Funny Bones after the popular pen name under which writes her blogs for The Times of India. Here’s wishing the lovely couple a happy anniversary and many more years of togetherness.

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