When it comes to female representation on screen, a lot has changed. But Aaditi Pohankar feels that there is still some inhibition around the topic of female sexuality. The actor, who plays the lead role in the web series She, says he is happy to be part of a project that does not shy away from the same.
“The show has always been more about a woman expressing or realizing her power, more than about sexual awakening. I feel, if you’re not afraid to be a woman, that’s… [when] real empowerment [takes place]† Until now we have suppressed our own sexuality, our own being as women. Everything is very quiet when it comes to female sexuality. However, that does not apply to men,” says Pohankar.
The 27-year-old goes on to talk about how the portrayal differs when it comes to a male character. “Men are very open about everything. For example, if you see a typical suhagraat scene, a man is pushed into a room where his bride is waiting for him. Why can’t it be the other way around?”
The actor, who also appeared in the web series Ashram and Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010), believes that this may be a consequence of the normalization of sexism in our society.
‘I’m not going to get into a discussion about the whole man-woman thing. But women are always considered the recipients (in this scenario). But we don’t have to show it every time. Chapati agar gol banti hai toh mummy ne banai hogi, tedi hai toh aadmi ne. My father makes golchapati. These kind things distinguish many things,” says the actor, adding: “Women are receivers and givers, but in emotion, understanding, life and love”.
As a result, Pohankar is not only proud to be a part of the web show that touches on the topic of female sexuality, but also happy that the creators have done so without making it look rude.
“What I love [about working on She] is that it’s been two seasons so far and no one ever asked me ke yeh scene aise kyun kiya ya yeh scene aise kaise kiya. The audience follows the mind of a person, not a man or a woman,” she concludes.