Malayali actresses don’t expose in Malayalam movies, but only in Tamil. We wrote in detail about this phenomena few months back. These actresses who dress conservatively in Malayalam movies have no problems exposing in other languages due to which we don’t get to see much skin in mainstream Malayalam movies.
Kerala, always has been different from rest of India in many aspects, and hence why not in this issue too. If actresses are so reluctant to expose in Malayalam movies and express amative feelings onscreen, why can’t the actors do it?. So Mohanlal decided to expose his body in the new movie Thanmatra, which won many awards in the 2005 Kerala State Awards. This is not some half-hearted expose done by Navya Nair or Nayantara, but the full-monty.
As an Alzheimer’s patient, there is a scene in which he makes love with his wife and for a few seconds, he totally forgets what he is doing and gets up and walks away from her! This scene is the first indication to the audience as well as to his wife who realizes that Ramesan has some problem.
Says Mohanlal: “Yes I did the ‘full monty’ scene to establish the seriousness of Alzheimer’s. A man who is engrossed in a sexual fervour with his wife, loses memory and drifts away from what he was doing. I did the scene because I was totally convinced and it was very crucial for the story and I had deep trust in Blessy”. The scene was passed by the censors but was not screened in theatres. It would have led to serious problems as it may not go down well with family audience and his fans.[Mohanlal did the `full monty`!]
Mohanlal had full faith in the director Blessy to use the footage judiciously. Blessy had send the movie with the footage to censors and it got approved, but finally decided not have the nude footage in the movie when it hit the theatres. He might have felt that people could be scarred for life seeing a naked Mohanlal (just kidding). The reason cited was that it would put off the family audience and upset the fans.
This pressure to delete the love making scene is perfectly understandable as Malayalees unlike other human beings do not make love to their spouses. We reproduce by spreading pollen like flowers. Earlier we said that Kerala is unlike any other state in India and even in hypocricy we lead the nation.
For a state which comes up with sex scandals regularly, some even featuring minors, a gritty portrayal of love has become unpalatable. The nude scene in this movie is not explicit like in Y Tu Mama Tambien or like the half nudity done by Malayali actresses in Tamil movies. It is not explicit show of nudity for the purpose of titillation like the numerous semi-porn movies which is another proud Kerala export, but a scene done for emphasising the intensity of the disease. It seems people like realism, but there is a boundary to their realism.
According to me, the scene was shot very beautifully, within the parameters of decency. But if we start speaking in support of it, many people may oppose it. Maybe the way we look at morality and they look at morality differs. Anyway, nothing happened to the film after the scene was deleted. In fact, people began coming in large numbers only after that.[‘Films like Thanmatra just happen’]
Now that Blessy has won awards for Mohanlal, the other award aspirant, Dileep has announced that he is ready to work with Blessy, postponing all other commitments. He does not want to know the story, the actors, or even Blessy’s astrological chart. But if there is one question Dileep should ask, it should be, if there is a nude scene in the film or not. Atleast for our sake.