A TALE OF TWO B.R.’S
The poster of B.R. Ishara’s Chetna (1970) advertised the filmmaker’s intent upfront. Debutant Anil Dhawan, standing at a distance was framed between Rehana Sultan’s bare legs. The director was enticing audiences but also being cheeky about the Adult certification granted to his breakthrough film. Interestingly, another B.R.—the more conventional Chopra—made Insaaf Ka Tarazu exactly a decade later in which a rape victim (Zeenat Aman) was shown grovelling between the perpetrator’s (Raj Babbar) legs.