‘Four More Shots Please’ Actor Kirti Kulhari On Taboo Around Sex Talk And The Need For Parents To Openly Address It
- IWB Post
- February 11, 2019
Celebrating women and their lives, recently-launched Four More Shots Please!, a web series on Amazon Prime Video, has managed to garner attention as it touches upon subjects considered taboo in the Indian society.
While the show addresses a lot of important issues that aim at breaking stereotypes associated with women, actor Kirti Kulhari, who portrayed the role of Anjana, an urban Indian working woman and single mother who is shown exploring her sexuality, shared how discussing the topic of sex while growing up was completely out of question and her role empowered her to talk about things that she wouldn’t talk about in public.
“I come from a family where we never talked about sex. We still don’t. Relationships were looked down upon. While I was given a lot of freedom in terms of what I wanted to do. (For instance) when I chose sports over studies, my father was okay with that. There were obviously things he was not okay with and neither was my mother because of their own conditioning. And I don’t blame them for that,” she said.
However, Kirti feels that these subjects should be addressed by parents now as “it marks the sign of a healthy atmosphere to discuss what’s happening in your life, if there is someone in your life or to know what’s going on sexually.”
Coming from a family where discussion of such topics was considered a taboo, it was a liberating experience for Kirti to be a part of a web series which has helped her to talk about issues pertaining to sexism, relationships, and sexuality. “While I have dealt with a lot of issues myself before, during the show I pushed myself as an actor. As a person, I feel unstoppable. I have actually become liberated myself. I feel so empowered to talk about things which I wouldn’t talk about or discuss before in public,” she said.
Committing to taking up such a bold role wasn’t easy for Kirti and it was her husband who convinced her to go ahead with it. Talking about it, she said, “I know what it takes in a country like India to do it. While people are free to judge it, we should not be in a space where we get instant gratification from titillation. So, that’s when my husband came to my rescue and told me that as an actor, I needed to get out of my comfort zone.”
H/T: The Hindustan Times