Indian Cinema on Sex and Sexuality

by Spectacula | created - 10 Apr 2018 | updated - 18 Jun 2018 | Public

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1. Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016)

117 min | Drama

In order to be independent and break free from the conservative society, four women sets on a journey to discover freedom and happiness.

Director: Alankrita Shrivastava | Stars: Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Plabita Borthakur

Votes: 5,862

2. Parched (2015)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

67 Metascore

In the arid landscape of Rajasthan, four women navigate their way through personal and cultural difficulties.

Director: Leena Yadav | Stars: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Lehar Khan

Votes: 4,524

3. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,550 | Gross: $0.40M

4. Unfreedom (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

24 Metascore

A lesbian daughter fights off an arranged marriage in India while a religious fundamentalist targets an anti-extremist scholar in New York.

Director: Raj Amit Kumar | Stars: Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain, Bhanu Uday, Preeti Gupta

Votes: 1,821

5. B.A. Pass (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young boy is seduced by a woman who later turns him into a gigolo (male prostitute).

Director: Ajay Bahl | Stars: Shadab Kamal, Shilpa Shukla, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Shikha Joshi

Votes: 3,388

6. LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A video camcorder, a store security camera, and concealed cameras candidly expose lives in three loosely-linked tales.

Director: Dibakar Banerjee | Stars: Nushrat Bharucha, Anshuman Jha, Neha Chauhan, Rajkummar Rao

Votes: 5,064

7. Kaalakaandi (2018)

112 min | Comedy, Thriller

Focusing on life, death and karma, this dark comedy follows three parallel tracks - a man who discovers that he is a terminally ill, a woman seeking redemption and two goons with major trust issues.

Director: Akshat Verma | Stars: Saif Ali Khan, Asif Basra, Neil Bhoopalam, Ankit Bisht

Votes: 2,260

8. A Death in the Gunj (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

Life for a shy young Indian student slowly falls to pieces during a family road trip.

Director: Konkona Sen Sharma | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 3,555

9. Time Out (2015)

98 min | Drama, Family, Music

Years of friendship, laughter and love shared between two brothers faces the music when a 14 year old boy is confronted with the complexities of a simple relationship.

Director: Rikhil Bahadur | Stars: Chirag Malhotra, Pranay Pachauri, Kaamya Sharma, Aditya Jain

Votes: 285

10. Friendship (2008)

Not Rated | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two straight guys pretend to be gay in order to secure a Miami apartment. When both of them fall for their roommate Neha, hilarity ensues as they strive to convince one and all that they're gay whilst secretly trying to win her heart.

Director: Tarun Mansukhani | Stars: Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Kiron Kher

Votes: 13,313 | Gross: $1.24M

11. Hunterrr (2015)

141 min | Comedy, Romance

Mandar, an ordinary guy is obsessed with sex and chases girls until he meets Tripti and decides to settle down with her.

Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni | Stars: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar, Veera Saxena

Votes: 5,383

12. Haraamkhor (2015)

90 min | Drama, Romance

A selfish, manipulative schoolteacher takes advantage of a schoolgirl's vulnerability to gratify his dark, narcissistic desires.

Director: Shlok Sharma | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Trimala Adhikari, Mohammad Samad

Votes: 3,337

13. Kerry on Kutton (2016)

125 min | Drama

Four teenagers,who live in a town named Baliya, cross paths and eventually move towards criminal activities.

Director: Ashok Yadav | Stars: Satyajeet Dubey, Aradhana Jagota, Aditya Kumar, Karan Mahavar

Votes: 203

14. Bhindi Baazaar (2011)

157 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Power struggles ensue in a gang after the sudden death of their leader.

Director: Ankush Bhatt | Stars: Karamveer Choudhary, Adil Khan, Adil Feroz Khan, Wasim Khan

Votes: 618

15. Devi: Goddess (2017)

13 min | Short, Drama

A young closeted lesbian risks both family and tradition, as she embraces her attraction for her childhood maid, Devi.

Director: Karishma Dube | Stars: Tanvi Azmi, Priyanka Bose, Aditi Vasudev

Votes: 33

16. Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa (2016– )

Comedy

A series that aims to deliver information across different sex/sexuality related themes. In an honest style with a lot of humor. Featuring a curious 7-year-old boy, Pappu - who shoots the most outrageous questions to his Papa, Anand.

Stars: Anand Tiwari, Kabir Shaikh, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Sanjeeda Sheikh

Votes: 1,127

17. InMates (2017– )

25 min | Comedy

While living under one roof, five close-knit 20-somethings maneuver the highs and lows of friendship, romantic entanglements and finding themselves.

Stars: Raghav Raj Kakker, Kashyap Kapoor, Mukti Mohan, Akanksha Thakur

Votes: 969

18. The Journey (2004)

107 min | Drama, Romance

In Sancharram ("The Journey"), Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah, in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.

Director: Ligy J. Pullappally | Stars: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Valsala Menon

Votes: 310

19. Girlfriend (2004)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

A man comes between two lesbian lovers, hence forming a triangle with bleak consequences.

Director: Karan Razdan | Stars: Isha Koppikar, Aashish Chaudhary, Amrita Arora, Sumit Nijhawan

Votes: 331

20. God, Sex and Truth (2018)

19 min | Short, Drama

Mia Malkova delivers a monologue about her sexuality, the role of women in society and the patriarchal bonds that attempt to tie them.

Director: Ram Gopal Varma | Star: Mia Malkova

Votes: 618

21. When Kiran Met Karen (2008)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

A famous Bollywood actress, Kiran, meets a lesbian journalist, Karen - 3 days before the release of her international film - 'A Himalayan Love Story'.

Director: Manan Katohora | Stars: Ammara Ali, Chriselle Almeida, Samrat Chakrabarti, Punit Chhabra

Votes: 81

22. Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A photographer invites her closest friends to vacation at her family's home in Goa in celebration of her upcoming marriage.

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Sarah-Jane Dias, Rajshri Deshpande, Sandhya Mridul, Amrit Maghera

Votes: 2,576

23. Lust Stories (2018)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Four short films by four of India's biggest directors exploring love, sex and relationships in modern India.

Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal

Votes: 8,972



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