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Lipstick Under My Burkha:

The 2016 dark comedy featuring four women and their sexual desires and escapades, raked up controversy from even before its release. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, the film ran into trouble with the censor board for having a ‘lady oriented’ story, which contained ‘contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography.’
Lipstick Under My Burkha revolves around the lives of Usha, a 55-year-old landlady (Ratna Pathak Shah) who is secretly hooked to Hindi erotic fiction, Shireen (Konkona Sen Sharma) a Muslim mother of three, who finds solace in her secret job as a door-to-door sales woman and gets pregnant every time her husband indulges in passionless sex with her, Leela (Aahana Kumra) a beautician who wishes to be a bride consultant, and carries out her sexual fantasies with her Muslim boyfriend and Rehana (Plabita Borthakur), a Muslim College student whose burqa hides her desire for rock music, parties and boys. The film is a journey of discovery and liberation for these four women, who live in the same stifling Bhopal society.

Eight Indian films that have explored female sexuality in bold, realistic ways

More than a week since its release, Veere Di Wedding has been making money steadily, raking in more than Rs 65 crores. The film, which includes a highly controversial masturbation scene involving Swara Bhaskar and a vibrator has been lauded and ripped apart, alike, for its portrayal of four women and their takes on life, its problems and female sexuality. While many have called this the coming of age of Bollywood films depicting sex and sexuality, others have called it vulgar.

Sex has since long been a male bastion in India, with Bollywood particularly objectifying women and portraying sex either in a crass manner (Mastizaade, Kya Kool Hain Hum, Grand Mast) or an overtly erotic way, (Raaz). Very little focus has been placed on the subject of women and their sexuality, and as Actor Vishwas Kini rightly puts it, a lot of men in India do not even know that women have orgasms too.

However, a few films have tried to break away from the stereotype and have dared to explore the subject of female sexuality and independence in a serious, non-conventional manner. We take a look: