Morality, Caste, Love and Reality – Farzana in Seema Sastry

This post is definitely related to this one–> Click here

Mmm…. I still remember that I said this in a previous post some time ago:

I was told that posting pictures of lewd, scantily dressed and revealing women is an immoral action. It is better not to be engaged in such actions they say. They also say that: One must maintain the purity of our souls by safeguarding our moral standards.

Morality, Voyeurism and Democracy

In countering such an argument, I say that morality is often used to supress freedoom of expression and even freedom of thought.

Nevertheless, I understand that there are some kind of limits to freedom of expression and even democracy. But these limits should be based on a collective agreement, rather than one party telling the other that such and such action is immoral.

Ha ha… this reminds me of this newspiece by Ragalahari – Shriya sorry for sexy outfit. This news is already dated, but for the purposes of this posting, it is still relevant.  This actress has bowed to the pressure of the moral police Hindu Makkal Katchi. And as a result the actress has offered her apology for wearing a sexy dress. Perhaps this dress is the one that appears in this gallery @ Ragalahari.

So much for the issue of lewd and scantily dressed women. (Hey, even the definition of lewd and scantily dressed women are subjective!)

Enough of this thing morality and what I should do or not do….i.e. post or not post in this blog… or what and how should people dress.

I will deal with the issue of moral police and morality in later entries…

Now, I am turning to a somewhat different issue…..

This post is somewhat related to my discussions on cleavages in society. Just to refresh the memory, I have discussed this issue in the posts below:

Cleavages in Society and the Concept of Democracy

2008 – The Year of Cleavages… 

Cleavages that makes you… 

Cleavages in society – Further discussions  

Today’s post will be discussed within the context of a film that touches on several issues on the cleavages in society. 

Aha… I found this stills of Farzana @ Ragalahari. These are from the movie Seema Sastry.

This movie is one of those movies where a lower class girl falls for an upper class boy. Of course, in the Indian context it is the case where a lower caste girl falls for a brahmin boy.

Here are some pictures of Farzana who play the heroine – Surekha Reddy. These pictures are from Ragalahari.

Picture Credit: Farzana – Seema Sastry @ Ragalahari

Picture Credit: Farzana – Seema Sastry @ Ragalahari

Picture Credit: Farzana – Seema Sastry @ Ragalahari

Picture Credit: Farzana – Seema Sastry @ Ragalahari

I wonder, what will you do if you are in such a situation. If you are a brahmin boy who loves a lower caste girl.

Or if you are a lower caste girl who falls for a brahmin boy.

What if the roles are reversed. What will you do if  you are a lower caste boy who loves a brahmin girl… or… vice-versa?


For a more complete review of Seema Sastry – see this review Seema Sastry – Review by OneIndia.

Actually this film is a bit more complicated than what I have potrayed it….. it is much more than a low caste-high caste issue. It is also about power and politics…. in one sense.. of course….

On the other hand this film is also about morality. Morality here is defined as what is considered right or wrong. And this morality goes along caste and social position… which are beyond what individuals would want it to be. In other words, morality is imposed upon individuals, though this does not stop those individuals from rebelling against morality and moral norms that are stiffling and oppressive in nature.

Nevertheless, this film has a happy ending… which I think is not always reflecting reality. In reality, caste and social class (and morality) based frictions and conflicts often end in violence and tragedy to all parties.

And usually people who don’t like living under a certain moral code(s), there is an easier way out – they just move to other places where there are more freedom or less morality constraints.

All picture credits to Ragalahari


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