Lust Stories: What’s Stopping Indian Women From Demanding Sex?

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Lust Stories: What’s Stopping Indian Women From Demanding Sex?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n Lust Stories — the Netflix anthology directed by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar — Akhtar’s short begins with a quietly powerful sex scene.

A man and a woman entwined in each other’s bodies; the woman’s legs tightly enveloping the man’s back and his hands aggressively clasping her head as they settle into a rhythm. Just as you’re about to write it off as yet another missionary love-making, they attempt a role reversal. She (a scene-stealing Bhumi Pednekar) gets on top and rides him (Neil Bhoopalam) with gusto — her expressive face keenly articulating the pleasure she derives from the act while his eyes amusingly remain shut. It’s only post-coitus that we discern a fact that make us view this morning romp as a tool of silent subversion: She is his maid, Sudha.

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