For decades Bollywood produced the chastest of films: boy met girl, but there were no kisses, hips only thrust during dance numbers, and the audience knew that romance would be followed by marriage. But in the past two years, Bollywood has shed its modesty. While the movies are still tame by Western standards, new films portray promiscuity, prostitution, gay relationships, and some—although not all—have rung chimes at the box office. A quick guide to how Bollywood has discovered sex.

Inspired by Hollywood's Double Indemnity, this trailblazer cast Bipasha Basu as an unfaithful wife—shown...

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