The other day, Shweta Tripathi (Shaalu of Masaan, Sandhya of Haraamkhor and Zenia Khan of Disney series Kya Mast Hai Life) made headlines for her masturbation scene in her upcoming series Mirzapur. The scene in question marks Shweta’s entry in the series. Well, we asked her if she could talk to us about it, Shweta spoke up, “When we make films, we play out the needs and wants of the character. Gajgamini Gupta, urf Golu Gupta in Mirzapur is a character who is extremely strong headed and progressive. The introduction scene is there to break the stereotypes that people have for women. It’s to show and explore her mind space more than anything else. Sexual desires are part of everyone’s life and should not be made into a big deal. And this is just another step in getting the conversation started in the mainstream of our society.”
Was she comfortable doing the scene the scene? Replied Shweta, “I take on projects only if I am fully confident of the text and my director. And with Excel and Amazon involved, there was nothing to worry about.”
Shweta comes out amply clear that if any eyebrows are being raised, it’s a case of much ado about nothing. Sample this too. Talking to Asian Age a couple of days ago, Shwetha had said, “When I heard the script, I didn’t think twice about it. It’s a girl sitting in the library and reading 50 Shades of Grey. And I was like great, I don’t have to involve anybody else into it. I was very happy. The scene was shot and I was sure about the director. Now suddenly, people are saying it is a bold scene. And I wonder ‘why are you blowing it out of proportion? When I Google, I don’t want to see Shweta Tripathi masturbating in a library, because that’s not the point of the scene. The point is that a girl doesn’t even need a boy to satisfy her. She is satisfying herself. If a man does it, it’s no big deal. Why make a big deal when a woman does it?”’
The crime drama Mirzapur also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Divyendu Sharma, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Harshita Gaur and Amit Sial.
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