Nora Bing, Chandler’s mother in the popular sitcom, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, once tells Ross that she had sold a 100 million copies of her novels because she knew “how to write men that women fall in love with.” Now, here we are after two decades since that episode of the show was aired. And the British author, E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey after selling about a 100 million copies, is now ready with its movie adaptation. Whether James too has written Christian Grey, the lead character of the book in “the way that women can fall in love with” is something every woman has to decide for herself.
The trailer of the film was released just a couple of days back, and many have already began an anticipated wait towards its release on Valentine’s Day next year.
If you haven’t seen it yet, get the preview of what the movie will look like, here:
While Dakota Johnson plays the innocent Anastasia or Ana Steele, the Irish actor, Jamie Dorman is cast as the intimidating Christian Grey. Taking from the book, Grey will have 50 shades of colors to his character. Ana, on the other hand, as it appears in the trailer, will play a naïve virgin who goes on to discover Grey’s world of passion after her famous request, “enlighten me.”
As the movie is based on an erotic-romantic trilogy, the movie will probably have some very sexy and steamy scenes. As it appears, Dorman is likely to be seen topless in the movie and there certainly will be some erotic scenes too. There however, will be more to the movie than just sex, after all it is not a pornographic adaptation of the book. Themes based on psychology, discovering the self, and especially love, will play a major role in giving essence to the 50 shades of Grey’s character.
As for my opinion, Fifty Shades of Grey will prove to be just another movie based on the typical American love story; an innocent, career-oriented girl falls head-over-heels in love with a successful businessman. Driven by success and a horrific childhood, the male lead turns to be a bad-boy and the girl’s love saves him from himself. Apart from the fact that the author has taken a step further by attracting the male audience by adding the concept of kinky sex, there is nothing extraordinary to the storyline.
So here are five reasons why I think the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in India is not a good idea:
- The storyline takes a route like the one taken by any Mills and Boons story. You would rather pick up a copy of Mills and Boons and read it over a cup of coffee or two than to watch the erotic movie in a hall crowded with people, some of whom could be enjoying the movie a little too much.
- The movie, if it follows the exact path taken by the novel, seems to be glamorising the idea of abusive relationships where the girl has to consent to a painful experience.
- If you are excited to watch the erotic scenes on the big screen, surely watching it in India will be a big disappointment. Considering the strict censorship rules that Indian media follows, there is very little chance that the original scenes of the movie will pass through the censorship board, if at all it manages to release.
- The movie, as what I gather, is likely to blur the boundary between punishment and love-making, especially for those who are not aware of the concept of bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM).
- Many, who will be getting a glimpse of BDSM for the first time, might become attracted to the idea and also might get driven with a desire to explore the concept, which may not be in the best interest of their partners.
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