“A B movie is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not definitively an arthouse or pornographic film.” – Wikipedia
A C-grade movie is just below it.
So while the Neha Dhupia starrer “Sheesha” (Mirror), Diana Hayden’s “Ab Bas” (Now Enough) or Rani Mukherjee’s “Mehendi” (Henna) were B-grade, countless movies with unknown actors, actresses, basically the whole crew, with titles like, “Pati Fauj Mein, Biwi Mauj Mein” (Husband’s in the Army, Wife’s in a Revel), “Adhuri Hawas” (Unfulfilled Lust) and many, many more are C-Grade, near pornographic movies.
Made with a paltry budget of about 2 to 5 lakh rupees ($4-10 thousand), which is nothing when compared to the mainstream Bollywood movies. (Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru ki Bijli ka Mandola had a budget of Rs. 33 crore ($6.6 million))
In a typical C-grade movie, it is basically all about sex – with a pathetic story revolving around even more pathetic sex scenes – and the latter is worrisome.
There will be around 3 sex scenes, where the actor will invariably swim around the knees of the actress, as if they were the most erogenous parts of the female anatomy, while the actress would act as if she’s having the moment of her lifetime! Then he would unbutton the blouse, and force his mouth all around the face, belly and legs of the actress, with light music, many times of old Bollywood movies, playing in the background.
The actress is shown hardly to enjoy or to have even said yes to the act in the first place – it comes across as if the actor is forcing his way around the woman, while she closing her eyes, “aah”-ing in a husky voice, be more cautious of revealing any sacred part (breasts/pubis), than actually acting/enjoying. (Though some movies may feature topless women, they are scanty in number and aren’t better than the rest.)
Also, it is not that these movies are MMS clips, or any coerced filmography – these have willing actresses who choose to earn some money out of films – though the probability of some being in the call-girl business is high.
All of this majorly resembles to what happens in most bedrooms of India – women deprived of foreplay, men forcing their way in, women having their lips sealed, men forcing their way in, men climaxing in about 5 minutes, God knows about women. As it happens in the movies, the actors are shown to have this weird expression – as if they have lost something precious or that India lost a cricket match – denoting that they have achieved orgasm.)
Vatsyayana must feel distraught – the great avant-gardé who gave Kamasutra to the people of India (and to the world, more so now), and now his very own people turning to be the shabbiest performers ever.
I mean if sex were a ritual, an offering to a god (Kaam dev), then Indians would certainly be banished for such act.
And these movies are watched by millions! Goto Youtube, and you will find almost every C-grade movie having at least over am million hits. Million!
These movies are watched by everyone, and in every place – IIT hostels, small towns, Tier 2 cities, villages – the India of the future.
Hence the problem – bad sex, large viewership!
I mean if the movies show actors putting on a condom, with the actresses insisting on it, and with corny slogans, “He wears a condom, he’s my superman!”, things would change!
If the frictional sex scenes are transformed into passionate lovemaking ones, where mutual love, respect and understanding of the sexual needs and behaviour of both sexes, then amazingly, these movies will turn out to be the best medium for sex education!
Sex education, bliss in the bedroom, end of sexual frustrated WOMEN and men, love, harmony!
How about having a movie, “Pehli Raat!” (First Night), which is a layman and woman’s guide to sex for first timers! Or maybe a movie, made on the Kamasutra itself!
But at the moment, countless men, conditioned by the late night sessions of bad sex movies, turn out to have bad, forced sex, and all of which also leads to ill treatment of women – to her needs and desires.
Maybe if all of this changes, perhaps few incidents of rape, marital rape and molestation may even lessen in number.
P.S. The reason why people still watch these movies, when the accessibility to proper porn is amazing (thank you internet!), is may be that there are hardly any porn featuring Indians which they can relate to – Sunny Leone comes off as a westerner, high class girl. The C-grade movies feature next door guys and girls from B-towns, with average body features – something many identify themselves with.
Also, majority of these movies are made in South India – which if held as a kind of litmus, then holds true for the maturity and openness of society.