Bollywood’s Changing Representation of Sex Through The Ages
Posted On 27th April, 2016 @ 11:57 am by Anish Raul

Portraying the birds and the bees on the big screen has always been a challenge, thanks to the Censors. Let’s take a look at how it has changed over the years.

1) The 1920s were actually a pretty chill period due to a non-interfering censor board, and possibly the prevalent British Royalty. This kissing scene is from a film called The Throw of Dice.

Sex Through The Ages 1

Sex Through The Ages 1

 


2) The Film Advisory Board was formed after Independence in the 1940s and it started taking the matter in its own hands: The Cinematograph Act of 1952 banned kissing altogether on the screens.
Sex Through The Ages 2

Sex Through The Ages 2

 


3) In order to circumvent this ridiculous diktat, filmmakers started resorting to metaphors and symbolism in order to portray the “dirty deed.”
Sex Through The Ages 3

Sex Through The Ages 3

 


4) But soon, filmmakers started defying the norms. Films like Bobby and Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayi changed the game forever in the 1970s and 80s by introducing sexy women and kissing sequences to Bollywood.
Sex Through The Ages 4

Sex Through The Ages 4

 


5) The 1990s were when it started to get a little too hot for the censors. With films exploring the new horizons of sexuality, for e.g.: Kamastra: A Tale of Love, Fire, Bandit Queen – it emboldened other filmmakers to follow suit.
Sex Through The Ages 5

Sex Through The Ages 5

 


6) The new millennium brought with it a whole new wave of ‘artistic interpretation’. With filmmakers depicting kisses, sex scenes and bold item numbers without flinching a bit, Bollywood films became sensuous and, on certain occasions, vulgar.
Sex Through The Ages 6

Sex Through The Ages 6

 


What are your views on the censorship of films in our country? Let us know in the comments below!

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