Sex in Indian entertainment
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (October 2015)|
In Indian film and television, the taboo about the depiction of sexuality has been declining. However, many Bollywood films, with an emphasis on the urban upper class, rarely depict the true values that most Indians have about sex. There is a great taboo on sex in India due to a variety of reasons, many of which involve cultural values either native to India or those that foreign influence (such as Islam or Victorian England) have imported to India.
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An example of the taboo toward sexuality in parts of India is the controversy surrounding the film Fire (1996), which depicted a lesbian relationship. Mainstream films still largely cater to the conservative masses, however art films and foreign films containing sexuality are watched by urban(educated/literate) Indians with the internet being a major source. While Bollywood is more liberal nowadays than maybe, 20 or 30 years ago, sex is still a taboo subject and a vast majority of films do not expand on the sexual aspect of romance, despite the fact that most Bollywood films are love stories.
A legitimate pornography industry has not emerged within India. Instead, many low-quality foreign made films featuring Indians are made abroad and then imported.