Why Bollywood Gave the Kiss a Miss

Posted: February 2nd, 2016

Among the many myths about Indian cinema, one of the most prevalent is that kissing is banned. However, early films such as Zarina (dir. Ezra Mir, 1932), which caused such controversy it was removed from the circuits, featured 86 kisses. There is no legal prohibition on kissing in Indian cinema but it largely vanished from the 1940s until it reappeared in several films in the 1990s, perhaps the most famous being Aamir Khan and Karisma’s long smooch in Raja Hindustani (dir. Dharmesh Darshan 1996). So what happened to the onscreen kiss in those five decades?

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