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Steamer Rides

A new promiscuousness swamps our screens as Bollywood goes on testosterone mode. A sign of our evolved times, or is it just to get cash registers ringing?

Steamer Rides
Steamer Rides
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It's raining adultery in tinsel town. The age of screen innocence (rather, sex-by-proxy when birds, bees and flowers and fountains-that-suddenly-come-on had you flummoxed) has yielded to more sexually explicit cinema. Directors now take subjects like infidelity and premarital sex head on. They are even beginning to explore same-sex love. Ramesh Sippy only flirted with homosexuality in sly references to a gay jailbird in Sholay in 1975. Since then, gay men have mostly been popping up as funny sidekicks in mainstream cinema. However, coming to a cinema near you soon is Karan Razdan's Girlfriend, in which Isha Koppikar is in love with Amrita Rao who is in love with a man. Gay love is also something of a tease in a mainstream film like Kal Ho Naa Ho: the bonhomie between Shahrukh and Saif Ali Khan is repeatedly misunderstood by the latter's near-hysterical maid to be a homosexual dalliance.

It seems Indian cinema has dropped most of the fig leaf. Raunchy music videos have lowered the bar on near-pornographic gyrations on the big screen. Men join women as lust objects: the camera now caresses pumped-up bodies of shirtless heroes, some of whom barely fit into their almost bikini-size bathing trunks. For both sexes, it's both strip and tease.

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