As a positive step after #MeToo India, Celeina Jaitly suggested the makers of her comeback film Season’s Greetings to appoint a female supervisor to monitor filming of the intimate scenes. While the industry is taking steps towards making a safe working environment for actresses, Ram Kamal Mukherjee’s Season’s Greetings creates a landmark by hiring an intimacy supervisor on set.
Celina is making a comeback in Bollywood with Season’s Greetings that has an intimate sequence which is filmed in a penthouse in Kolkata, monitored by Manisha Basu. Basu is a social activist who works closely with women’s groups. Jaitly told mid-day that she suggested the idea to director Ram Kamal Mukherjee, who immediately agreed to make the provision. "Recently, a journalist from a leading daily called me for my opinion on Hollywood roping in intimacy supervisors for scenes that might be uncomfortable for male or female actors to perform. That got me thinking. Soon, I had a detailed conversation with my director, who agreed to implement this. We both felt it could set a precedent. This shows that Bollywood is slowly and steadily welcoming the change. It's not that I was doing a love making scene for the first time, but with an intimacy supervisor around, I was very comfortable."
The director, Ram Kamal said, "We are showing them as live-in partners. And what do young couples do when they are in a live-in relationship? I don't want to show sunflowers and honey bees implicating sex between two adults. I'd rather make films for kids, if I have to be that restricted as a creative person,"
Even the male lead Azhar is happy with this new implementation. "I have been reading about these stories. #MeToo as a movement is great. But people are misusing it in their favor also. There are barely any legal route through which one can prove themselves innocent. If we have an Intimacy Supervisor on board, then she will be neutral and will safeguard the interest of the male and female actors," says debutante Azhar Khan.
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