Questioning Sexuality: 5 Bollywood Movies that Nailed it
By Neha Jha
Feb 21, 2018
It’s hard to make a movie on sex and sexuality. While Hollywood has had its tryst with films depicting sexuality in a way that’s behind closed doors, Bollywood, too, has had its share of films depicting human desires.
We take a look at 5 such movies which successfully questioned sexuality.
Lipstick Under My Burkha –
The film earned the ire of the Censor Board when they called it against Indian culture. It portrayed the sexual desires of 4 Indian women of different age groups and backgrounds who are sexually repressed and suppressed. The controversy around it only helped in its publicity.
Angry Indian Goddesses –
The film portrayed the everyday life and struggles of women who deal with patriarchy and sexism in their daily life. The women attend a friend’s wedding in Goa until an unforeseen circumstance changes their lives forever. Dealing with the taboo around sex and rape as well as the callous attitude of the police towards women, the film was highly acclaimed.
Margarita with a straw –
Kalki Koechlin played a girl suffering from cerebral palsy who is confused regarding her sexuality. It won countless international awards and opened more dialogue for homosexuality, bisexuality and differently-abled people.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love –
Directed by Mira Nair, the film was banned in India when it released in 1996 owing to its sexual content. In spite of being based on the ancient text “Kamasutra”, the movie could not release in India. However, it did portray the nuances of sex and sexuality as it has been mentioned in Indian texts.
Depicting homosexual relationship, the film starred Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi, the film was banned by the Censor Board after a massive uproar over its release. Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, it was part of the Mehta`s Elements trilogy; it is succeeded by Earth (1998) and Water (2005). The film was one of the first to discuss homosexuality onscreen.