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Ask The Sexpert preview: Book an appointment for some education with entertainment

Unheralded filmmaker Vaishali Sinha’s film traces the journey of Dr Mahinder Watsa’s life and his popular column ‘Ask the sexpert’.

Mayur Lookhar

For a country that gave the world the Kamasutra, sex remains a taboo subject. Sexual texts often come in the form of titillating fantasies. Sex education, too, gets clubbed with perverse jokes, failing to penetrate society's conscience. Sex education in schools is banal. Often the purpose is lost with students shy to talk openly about it. How, then, does one spread the message?

Those who are scared to talk in person can always pen down their problems. Most Mumbaikars at least have found a confidant in Dr Mahinder Watsa.

In 2005, a newly launched Mumbai tabloid began offering a sex advisory column, ‘Ask the sexpert’, by Dr Watsa. Director Vaishali Sinha’s documentary film of the same name narrates the story of the column and, more importantly, traces the journey of the 93-year-old doctor who still pursues his sex education column with the mojo of an alpha male.

While Dr Watsa’s column imparted education, it also became popular for the hilarity of some of the questions that were put forth to him, and his cheeky replies.

If you are one who seeks voyeuristic pleasure, Sinha’s Ask The Sexpert could be a film right down your alley. Humour apart, it talks of sex education. For those who have never heard of or read Dr Watsa's column, this documentary film is a great way to get introduced to both.

Viewers will be stunned to see the nonagenarian go about his job with the passion and enthusiasm of a 20-something. And it is not just about his work. You will also get to know how the man is in personal life, the equation he shares with near and dear ones. Often, professionals conduct themselves differently at work and at home. Is it the same with Dr Watsa?

No journey is a bed of roses and Dr Watsa, too, has faced his fair share of obstacles. It would be wrong to term them antagonists, but there are moral policemen who want to shut the column down. Watch the film to know who these people are.

Most smirk at the idea of watching a documentary. But nothing sells like sex, and the nature of the film should be enough to get people curious. Ask The Sexpert is a great way to introduce yourself to documentary filmmaking. And who knows, watching the film you just might muster the courage to write about your problem, if any, to the good doctor.

The film addresses a social issue, is a human story, and is full of entertainment. Sexual problem or not, Ask The Sexpert is worth a watch. Take a look at the teaser below:

Ask The Sexpert will be screened at IAWRT India's Asian Women's Film Festival at the India International Centre, New Delhi, on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 9:45 am.

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