Every human have sexual desires be it man or a woman. It’s just a part of our life and a need of our body. Have you ever had a day in your life when lust takes over your body and all you think about is to satiate yourself?
It can be a complicated thing to think about. It can be complicated to separate love from lust. Especially when we as women are taught that sex is to be done only with our partner and that too after marriage and then also it is just about the men in your life, it is just about making him happy and satisfied. Have you as a woman ever thought about your sexual desires and your sexual satisfaction? No, right? But trust me it is important for you to explore your sexual desires and to fulfill them.
We never give it a thought maybe because of the society we live in. Maybe because our society looks down upon women who think about their sexual desires. But why? Women are just as much human as men are. So if men in our society have complete freedom to think about their sexual desires, to act upon them and even to talk about them openly then why not women? Is even sex restricted for women? Or are women just a medium to satisfy men and so they should completely forget about their own desires?
Lust stories a film on Netflix explores this side of women. This story follows the life of four women and beautifully portrays their struggle with love, lust and patriarchy.
The first story which is directed by Anurag Kashyap shows the story of a married woman named Kalindi played by Radhika Apte.
Kalindi whose husband has asked her to explore herself starts a fling with one of her student Tejas. She gets caught in the inner turmoil of treating her relationship with Tejas as a fling and demanding commitment from him. This character makes us think that polyamorous relationships are an option for women as well. Well this character represents the men who can’t comprehend the idea of women just having sex with someone finding love in another human.
The second story is from Zoya Akhtar which makes us see the ugly truth of the upper class.
In first scene of the story Sudha (Bhumi Padnekar) a maid is seen having sex with Ajit (Neil Bhoopalam) who is a bachelor living in a high profile society. But after the sex you can see how the caste and class factors seep in. Later Ajit’s parents fix his marriage to a girl from upper class. Though Sudha never says anything but the story portrays quite amazingly the ugliness and shallowness of Indian society.
Third story from Dibaker Banerjee shows a middle aged woman Reena (Manisha Koirala) having an extramarital affair with her husband’s bestfriend Sudhir (Jaideep Ahlawat).
She is quite fed up of her man child husband Salman (Sanjay Kapoor) who is a stereotype. She gets stuck between two men who are just worried about their friendship and don’t care about Reena and her desires. This story shows how women and their desires hold no value in the patriarchal Indian society.
The fourth and the last story which is a hilarious one is from Karan Johar which shows a newlywed woman Megha (Kiara Advani) whose husband Paras (Vicky Kaushal) fails to satisfy her in bed and don’t even care about it.
She finds it hard to explain her husband about her desires and is frustrated about marrying a selfish man who only cares about his needs. But finally Megha takes charge and finds a way to satiate herself and makes it clear that there is nothing wrong in it.
There are not many Bollywood movies that talks about this topic but Lust Stories have shown it in a very refreshing manner. This movie beautifully shows the stories of normal real women and their expectations without passing judgement on any of them. If you have not watched it yet, go watch it now on Netflix.