We live in a country where apparently nobody has sex, but the population keeps growing, because why discussunsanskaari sex when sanskaaripeacock tears can help procreate.
But, in case you were in the mood to ditch the sanskaari education and actually know, enjoy and understand the unsanskaari things, this is the perfect online streaming list to watch:
This 2015 film showed lesbian relation, something that Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire also dealt with. Both films were banned at first, though the latter released after multiple protests.
Clearly, the Censor Board does not believe in moving ahead with the times.
2. The Painted House – Chaayam Poosiya Veedu
The movie was stood apart not only because it was an intense psychological drama, but also because it showcased female nudity on screen – something that got the movie banned by CBFC.
3. The Pink Mirror (Gulaabi Aaina)
This film was a brave foray into the life of transsexuals, but CBFC could not handle the blunt and much-needed portrayal of transsexuality and decided to ban it.
The second movie in the elements trilogy by Deepa Mehta, this movie caused quite a stir at the time of its release because it dealt with the illogically orthodox conditions that widows in India are subjected to, even today.
5. Lust Stories
Netflix’s latest special explores desire from a female’s perspective. From vibrators to orgasms, the movie showed everything on screen – but perhaps the strongest visuals it represented were of women owning up to their desires.
This short film brought together two concepts that are alien to ‘Indian society’ – an elder couple’s desire for sex and BDSM.
7. Mama’s Boys
A movie that twists the iconic marriage of Pandavas and Draupadi is definitely something that the CBFC that changedPadmavati to Padmaavat would not have been okay with.
8. Brahman Naman
You may hate some of the protagonist’s actions but you don’t end the movie hating the character because the sexual repression portrayed in the movie is a very realistic scenario that most people growing up in India may have experienced.
9. Lipstick Under my Burkha
The highlight of this movie is that it made it clear that in the age we live in, women will always be subjected to a different (often illogical) moral code, no matter the age, or social strata, they belong to.
A beautiful movie that showed how female friendship and supporthas the power to fight both, patriarchy and baseless traditions.
11. Angry Indian Goddesses
This movie was a bold take on fighting the undue restrictions that society places on women – all in the claims of ‘our safety’.
12. Kamla Ki Maut
Released in 1989, this movie was far ahead of its time since it dealt with issues like pre-marital sex and unwanted pregnancy that is still considered as taboo topics to discuss. Years later, Kya Kehna was a dramatic movie on the same issue, but it did not even come close to this masterpiece.
As the name suggests, this black and white movie was definitely not meant for the sanskaar sensitive audience, especially because of its explicit language and nudist scenes. However, the movie’s intense portrayal of a rapper’s journey won it accolades across various film festivals.
A beautiful romantic drama, Loev deals with gay relationships; but the highlight of the movie was how, instead of going for extraneous explanations about the characters and their sexual orientations, the movie showed same-sex relationships in an extremely comfortable setting. It was praised for its ‘fresh perspective on the treatment of same-sex relationships in India’.
15. Rang Rasiya
Based on the life of the 19th-century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma, the movie is a stark reflection of the skewed perception society has towards women, especially prostitutes; and how irrespective of a man’s actions, the society always tends to put the blame on the woman.