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Lust Stories 2: Kajol Says Female Pleasure Should Be Normalised

Kajol will be seen in ‘Lust Stories 2’, an anthology of four stories directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Ravindernath Sharma, R Balki and Sujoy Ghosh.

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AHEAD of the release of Lust Stories 2, actor Kajol has shared her thoughts on love, lust and female pleasure. In a recent interview with Filmfare, the actor laid emphasis on normalizing the idea of female pleasure which is often associated with criticism or scandal.

“At one point in time as a society, we were very open about it. It was part of our ancient texts and our education. We later closed ourselves off from it. But at the end of the day, it is a very normal part of life that we cannot do without. I think it needs to be normalised the same way that we’ve normalised eating and drinking. It’s really a question of making it a part of the conversation rather than closing it off. Trying not to talk about it gives it all the more attention and focus,” the actor said.

While talking about the evolution on lust in cinema, Kajol explained how movies are now speaking in the language which defines love. “Lust used to be two flowers coming together at one point. Two red roses used to come together and that was it. Next, she’s pregnant hahaha. So I think we’ve evolved just a step forward and decided to make something like Lust Stories 2. I believe cinema reflects society. Right now, the movies are speaking in the language that love is defined by today. As far as eternal love stories are concerned, I don’t think anyone believes in it today. Nobody wants to die for anyone for sure. There is no belief in eternal love stories. If not you, there will be someone else. People believe in multiple soulmates these days. And therefore, all the love stories we’ve made so far have been very differently made. They’re based more on friendships, modern relationships and society,” she said.

On being asked about the time she became first aware of the word lust, Kajol said it started early. “Well, I’m a reader. I’ve always loved reading since I was a kid. My understanding of lust started with that. To me, lust is an intense need to do something. I always describe myself as having an intense lust for life. I love to eat, I love to dance, I love to listen to music, I love to knit and crochet. There are so many things in my life that I love like going out with my children. They crack me up and I love laughing and making people laugh. There are so many things that I absolutely love and I need to do them. That by definition is lust.”

Lust Stories 2 is an anthology of four stories directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Ravindernath Sharma, R Balki and Sujoy Ghosh. The ensemble cast includes Kajol, Tamannaah, Vijay Varma, Mrunal Thakur, Tillotama Shome, Angad Bedi, Amruta Subhash, Neena Gupta and Kumud Mishra.

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