Swara Bhasker's new comedy-drama series 'Rasbhari' recently released on Amazon Prime Video. In the web-series, Swara Bhasker plays a double-role - an English teacher Shanu and a prostitute named Rasbhari. On Friday, Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, Prasoon Joshi said that he was saddened by 'Rashbhari's 'irresponsible content'.
Expressing disappointment over a particular scene from Swara Bhasker's series, he wrote on Twitter, "Saddened by Web series #Rasbhari’s irresponsible content portraying a little girl child dancing provocatively in front of men drinking. Creators & audience need 2 seriously rethink Freedom of expression or freedom of exploitation? Let’s spare children in the desperate need 4 entertainment."
Reacting to the tweet, a user commented, "Teachers play a respected role in upbringing and guiding us.Such web series are misleading youths into darker side."
Another wrote, "So true sir.... Audience should be selective in what they view.. then only this content creator will understand the importance of showing basic decency in what they show."
"Being an integral part of the film industry you could do much more than just tweeting. That too you tagged none in your tweet I'm sure you are aware of the makers, actors tweet ID's. Hypocrite," read a comment.
'Veere Di Weddding' actress, Swara Bhasker replied to Prasoon joshi's tweet and wrote, "With respect sir, perhaps you have misunderstood the scene. It’s absolutely opposite to how you have described it. The child is dancing by her own choice, the father gets awkward and embarrassed on seeing it. The girl is simply dancing. She doesn’t know that the society will sexualise her too. That’s all there is to this scene."
'Rasbhari' also stars Ayushmaan Saxena, Rashmi Agdekar, Chittaranjan Tripathy and Neelu Kohli and is a production of Applause Entertainment.
“Nand is amongst the rush of men who pursue Shanu, the new English teacher in Meerut. Upon his discovering her supposed alter-ego, the sex-obsessed spirit of Rasbhari, their relationship takes a new turn. A now matured Nand, takes up the responsibility of saving Shanu from the ongoing witch hunt by the women of the town initiated by his own mother, Pushpa,” reads the synopsis of the series.