cartoons by Aarti Sunder)
When the zombie epidemic breaks out cartoon characters will not be spared. A work of Andre De Freitas, a young illustrator.
Discreet and conspicuous as they are, we had our doubts about getting in touch with the Savita Bhabhi team. Probably, it is just about throwing the right questions on to their side, and in a week Deshmukh (pseudonym) was back with answers.
Where are they from? Some say, California and the other say New Zealand. Though, we don’t probe all the much, I was wondering, with Pornography being illegal in India, where are they? Obviously, they are clever, because he says, “Faraway! Not from New Zealand or from India. My company is registered in the EU and our servers are in US. So the question of legality never arose, since porn (or adult entertainment, as the more politically correct term goes) is legal in both these places.”
If faraway, then why will they narrow down on a hot Indian porn star comic?
“But, I am a second generation Indian who has a good grasp of Indian popular culture, and hence the choice of an Indian market and character. It’s quite natural,” he adds.
Clever, witty and passionate are all combined aspects of these characters. They chose the most popular porn fetish in India ‘hot bhabhis’ (sister-in-laws), and the most famous medium of print entertainment, ‘the comic book’. They combined it and are rising in success, that they need more servers to cope up with the overload of visits!
Whatever their successes, their ride is a hard and rickety one. Law suits, Government offences, cultural disputes, one could keep listing… But, can we add lucky to their badge? “Actually, apart from a few press articles rumoring that the Govt. of India was going to ban SB, we haven’t faced any opposition at all. If anything, I have been pleased with the way the mainstream media has embraced SB and seen it for what it truly is,” they’ve done it.
Cultures are myriads, especially, the one with so many prejudices and confused traditions, that of India. Is that why Savita Bhabhi wears her Mangal Sutra even during sexual-escapades? It has a perfect reason, he adds.
“The mangalsutra is a defining symbol for a married Indian woman. It’s left on to amplify the ‘Indianess’ of SB.”
“But, we have read articles holding us solely responsible for corrupting the moral fibre of modern India. Quite a tall order, I should say,” he talks on how India handles its culture. “This is the main problem with our culture today. We need to blame other. You do not need a SB or a porn film to corrupt minds. These protectors of morality are the same people who will leer even at a fully dressed woman shopping at a grocery store. SB was launched only a year ago whereas internet porn is ten years old! And, Indian rowdies and their eve teasing take a longer history to their credit. Do they still have to blame us for moral degradation.”
He asks, “Why do we need to close our minds and denounce anything that makes us think as evil? We need to do the opposite!”
They take their responsibilities serious too. If denying moral degradation on one side, they also put some sense into people’s heads. Instead of a warning page, they have a trustworthy Parental Block Site available to block the site for their children. “We felt we’d rather do something concrete about it.” And once in a while, SB Says (printable poster) is released to use SB’s popularity to spread good social awareness. Hopefully, they have something about condoms up soon!
Has the way Indian society(ies) conceive sex changed? “Till a few years back, sex was completely taboo. But now with the internet, bollywood and interaction of world cultures, I hope we can one day get to a stage where India is sexually liberated and we realize that sex is not something bad, but only natural.”
But the way the stories go in SB, do you think it will reitirate those men who think of women as sexual products? “Quite the contrary! What we are trying to show via SB is that sex isn’t only something a man wants from a woman. It’s a two way street – woman need pleasure as much as men. If we can get this through to at least 50% of our viewers, I swear you will see a whole lot more of happy women in India. 😉
With that dream tossed at women, Deshmukh signs off answering a typical question with a typical answers. Will her husband find out? What are the further plans? Movies or novels? And he types, “That only time can tell.”
An interview by Samyuktha PC
by Samyuktha PC
This is not an age of revolutions, but dullness, we hear. However, innovation might have not completely died. Some anonymous characters have made the sexy bhabhi image sell all around the world, with one website, and beautifully illustrated comics. www.savitabhabhi.com
While most of the media is busy type-casting terrorism, Savita Bhabhi turns all of it into a voyeur’s treat with her new adventure. Yes, she is in her dream frolicking around Kashmir with terrorists, undercover policemen, and all men. A typically undercover look at pornography and sexcapades, currently facing CyberMedia News’ petition to block the site and follow it with a CBI inquiry to bring the owners of the Canada website to book, the site is still going strong. Strong in visuals, views, and colour! However, stronger than ever, Savita Bhabhi claims to “Save the World one Dick at Time,” in the newest issue. Pornography is down-right illegal in this country, and even talking about sex is not acceptable in many cases. But, under-cover or not, this team sensationalizes sex with India’s first porn star, not being a person, but a perfectly voluptuous comic book character.
It is not really unacceptable for a man to get horny or think about sex. This is taken to be natural in any Indian community. But, with “Indian culture” pushed down women’s throats, even her fantasies are subjected to the Censorship board. “Think what you want within your four walls, but if you speak of it you’re a heretic, a witch, or a bitch.”
Do you find this sick? Women get raped, people sever each others’ heads, children get abused, families kill each other within four walls, and all this stays within those walls, because it is immoral to talk about this and spoil one’s status in society. These voyeurs of perversion can carry on under-cover and we’ll shut about them. But, one innocent site that just draws sex we have our problems with. Who isn’t a voyeur? Savita Bhabhi at least has the element of style!
It is fine to be a voyeur of violence nowadays, when we watch Mumbai attacks sensationalized on TV increasing the TRP ratings. It is perfectly fine, to watch those TV Channels announce “We will be back after a short commercial break,” just after they announced casualities of hundreds with a presentable smile on their face. All this is fine, but being naturally primitive and excited by sex, is against the law, culture, and “God”. Phew! This world, and not Savita Bhabhi, has to be shoved down a huge drain. Those who read newspapers, watch television, stare at the breasts of a woman in the bus, photograph calamities, are all voyeurs. But, we cringe to accept any form of reality.
In this deepest intolerance of life, pornography, especially comic books, are the last evils of society. One is not raising their hand to defend snuff, child pornography, mms scandals, and forced pornography or prostitution. At the same time, one is not raising their hands in support of glorifying violence, gaping at a fashion mishap as a model’s top falls off, linking people in scandals that invade privacy, type-casting and stereotyping people with specific identities. With all kinds of men and women writing these “scandulous” incest stories all over the internet, probably India could ban internet itself. But, no what happens to the IT industry? One can just imagine the terrorised looks on the administrators’ faces. With no women, men or children gettin hurt or forced, with just art, Savita Bhabhi is probably the most decent form of pornography one has ever come across.
Enough people are out there writing about this website and its successes, but this is a statement to the society. This is a statement to societies who conveniently label their opponent as a voyeur and destroyer of “culture”. In this world of many stereotypes, connecting religion and violence, gender and position, caste and voice, this stereotype is flimsy. One doesn’t essentially need only Savita Bhabhi to corrupt any mind. We have men dragging women out of pubs with their hair. Glorifying violence corrupts people for sure, but not sex. Sex and porn is not new to this culture, otherwise the Kamasutra would not have been written, and the Temple of Love, Khajuraho would not have been built.
Sex is the most primitive instinct, and all Savita Bhabhi does is to add the excited human touch to it. But, does one think ‘saving one dick at a time’ is a little too far? Actually, it is a laugh at the rest of the media. The media with their desperate additions of zig and excitement, watches as Savita Bhabhi strikes again to show the country how to excite people, if that’s what one really wants to do.