"it needs to be normalised the same way that we've normalised eating"
Ahead of the release of Lust Stories 2, Kajol shared her thoughts about normalising female pleasure onscreen.
The actress features in Amit Sharma’s segment of the anthology and she admitted that much of the audience has lost their faith in the “eternal love stories” that Bollywood used to be known for.
According to Kajol, modern storytellers portray love and lust, just the way they are now perceived by today’s generation.
On when she first became aware of the word ‘lust’, Kajol said:
“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.”
Calling for the normalisation of female pleasure depicted onscreen, Kajol continued:
“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.”
She also highlighted how lust has evolved in cinema over the years.
“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.”