Alyson and Meera Vijayann (journalist who covers health and gender issues and the writer of beautiful micro essays on Instagram) discuss the iconic scene when Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) draws Rose (Kate Winslet) wearing only that blue diamond necklace in James Cameron’s Titanic. Meera dives deep into the experience of being a small town tween in India and the passionate reactions to Titanic and this scene. How the film resonated with an Indian audience because of the strong class elements of the film and also about Rose’s nudity, which is something they’d never seen before and how she had to watch the film multiple times before she actually saw that part without it being edited or fuzzed out. A fascinating conversation about how still, to this day, representations of female nudity divorced from judgements of morality are rare. And Meera reveals that Indian audiences just weren’t that bothered when Rose didn’t make room for Jack on that door. Come and have a listen and find out why!
Meera’s Website: https://www.meeravijayann.net/
Meera’s Instagram: @meeravijayann
Alyson’s Twitter and Instagram: @byalysonshelton
Alyson’s Website: www.alysonshelton.com
Creators and Guests
Alyson Shelton (she/her)
Alyson Shelton writes about women across mediums + genres. She’s written about a superpowered and multi-faceted heroine in her comic Reburn, and uncovering childhood secrets in Eve of Understanding, the award winning feature she wrote and directed. In her award winning screenplay, The Night We Met, she tackles a psychological thriller through fractured realities and self-invention. She is working on a memoir in essays and her writing has been published widely at outlets including The New York Times, Ms., The Rumpus and more. Her generalist knowledge and approach make her the perfect fit for her podcast, Fine Cut, in which she and a guest take a deep dive into one scene of the guest’s choosing. You can learn more about her through her website, www.alysonshelton.com and her Instagram @byalysonshelton where she hosts a weekly Instagram Live series inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem, Where I’m From, where she’s hosted over 100 writers and creatives.