When Women Parody"Private Scenes": An MTV Style
Description: In "Hum Aapke Hai Kaun"a prolonged song-and -dance sequence in a strictly demarcated women's space marks the celebration of Pooja's first child. In all-women's gathering a woman in drag ( dresses identical to the male lead) pairs with the leading lady, Nisha, playing an oversized pregnant woman. Together they parody "private scenes" between heterosexual couples, regaling everyone. The lead male star and his buddies are voyeurs, gazing at the performance meant for women only--the woman in drag enacting scenes a man could never perform publicly with his lady love.This strategy serves a dual purpose. It recreates woman's space where women traditionally relax together, enact heterosexual encounters, act as sexual teases, and mock men and the codes of intimacy. As well,the cross-dressed woman enacts the leading man's eroticized relationship with his lady--the very thing the performance parodies. Does it suggest "access signs"? Access signs are those in which women appropriate men's space.