Unstoppable Woman with Shailja Saraswati

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Unstoppable Woman is a space for women to come share their stories of resilience and relentless spirit. About their journeys of fighting the odds and eventually, succeeding. In each episode, host Shailja Saraswati speaks with powerful achievers who share their stories to inspire others who want to create their own paths to success.

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Breaking Barriers: The Role of an Intimacy Coordinator in Bollywood
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Breaking Barriers: The Role of an Intimacy Coordinator in Bollywood
On the first episode of Season 3, Shailja Saraswati engages in an in-depth conversation with Aastha Khanna - India's pioneering intimacy coordinator. On the show, they discuss Aastha's career, the role and importance of intimacy coordinators in film and television production, and the impact of her work on the industry. Aastha shares insights into the process of choreographing intimate scenes, ensuring actor comfort and consent, and her aspirations for the future of the profession in India.  She reflects on personal motivations, the challenges of introducing a new role in a conservative industry, and her efforts through 'The Intimacy Lab' to educate and train new professionals. The discussion also touches on society's perception of intimacy, gender dynamics in filmmaking, and Aastha's vision for a safer, more inclusive portrayal of intimate scenes on screen. CHAPTERS:  00:00 Opening Thoughts on Comfort and Consent in Filmmaking 00:57 Introducing Aastha: India's First Intimacy Coordinator 01:46 The Role and Importance of an Intimacy Coordinator 03:11 Expanding the Definition of Intimacy in Film 05:09 The Global Evolution of Intimacy Coordination 12:49 Challenging Gender Norms and the Male Gaze in Cinema 27:38 The Ethical Framework of Intimacy Coordination 31:16 Navigating Consent and Protocols in Film Production 32:40 Adapting to Veteran Actors and Production Needs 33:29 The Art of Managing Closed Sets for Intimacy Scenes 36:02 Achieving Intimacy on Screen: A Case Study 39:09 Fostering a New Generation of Intimacy Professionals 43:46 Upcoming Projects and Personal Endeavors 46:30 Rapid Fire Round: Insights and Aspirations 52:33 The Unstoppable Journey: Motivation and Support Systems