S ex has always been the touchiest of subjects for Indian cinema, but Aids ought to be a Bollywood film film dream.
It ticks all the right storyline boxes: But while it might seem a wonder there aren't more all-singing, all-dancing Extrmekream adis on the subject, the notion of Indian films depicting the risks of unsafe sex seems as detached from reality as a typical Bollywood plot, in adis people have sex while fully clothed, drenched in monsoon rains beaneath a waterfall or - a recent occurrence in Bollywood movies - in private swimming pools.
But four new shorts - Migration, Blood Brothers, Positive and Adis, produced under the umbrella of Mira Nair's Aids Jaago Aids Awake film project and directed by some of India's leading film-makers - have started looking at sex teens sex realplyer its attendant dangers in a different way.
In these films, Indians, married and unmarried, gay and straight, poor and posh, have tender, troubled, even hungry sex - but with the warning that when it's unprotected it could lead to HIV and Aids. The films deliver their message with varying degrees of subtlety.
Two are more like stylish public service announcements than movies. Nair's own Migration follows a farmer who is forced to find work in Mumbai and brings home a nasty souvenir, while Vishal Bhardwaj's Blood Brothers is about an advertising executive who may have traded in his perfect life for an unprotected one-night stand.
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Positive, by Farhan Akhtar, plays with the kitsch Indian imagery of family film, using some of sex lovely, bright school pictures of rosy-cheeked children and their happy, hard-working parents. But Santosh Sex Prarambha The Beginning is the most engaging film the bunch; it stars Prabhu Deva seen as India's Michael Jackson for his dance moves as a trucker who gives up unsafe sex and becomes the unlikely champion of HIV outcasts. Sex knowingly packed with every Bollywood cliche - from the cute, kohl-eyed orphan, through comic baddies, to a terrifically implausible finale, all set to music.
In 12 minutes, it manages to be the perfect Bollywood film.