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C Grade movies and porn go underground

March 9, 2007

The winds of technological change have adversely affected the growth of C-grade films selling sex. These movies are losing money at theatres all over the country. Mumbai particularly used to be thriving business for such films as it has a huge population of single male migrants. Today however the Rs 90 crore industry is lucky if it can rake in five crore rupees. And no, this does not mean that young men have suddenly turned shy….today CD’s, cyber cafe’s, computers, and even mobile phones have become more affordable and people are using these to view soft porn or porn. In fact in many parts of India, including Mumbai, there has been some amount of moral policing as a result of which dance bars have been shut down, TV channels are not allowed to show adult movies, young couples caught necking have been roughed up, and ofcourse theatres showing porn have been forced to shut. Not that any of this has stopped. Dance bars have gone underground, young couples are more cautious and, porn is being viewed in private.

While what the TOI report says (not available online) is correct, that it is due to the moral policing that theatre owners and film makers have lost business, but is also a fact that the market for such films is very much alive and thriving. In a city like Mumbai for example, there are thousands of single male migrants, and therefore the demand for porn will never die. Why, half of the poor who live in slums are single male migrants, either unmarried or living away from their wives. I am not saying say that only the poor view porn (!) but just that the well-to-do do not find it necessary to go to sleazy theatres, they can view porn in private. Now it appears as if the majority of people are doing it this way. Quoting from the report:

There was a time when C-grade films were in demand. A Rs 10 lakh film would earn nothing less than Rs 25 lakh…but now business is almost dead…

Actually the report also points out something interesting. That Bollywood has become bolder. That even respected stars like Kareena and Aishwarya wear skimpy clothes and beautiful women like Mallika Sherawat have no qualms in showing their bodies and therefore watching C grade stars doing the same has fewer takers.

Well, I don’t think this is true because Bollywood has become less obscene in my opinion. During the seventies and eighties there was no dearth of ‘respectable’ films which showed needless and graphic scenes of rape, leading ladies in sexy revealing saries prancing around suggestively drenched to the skin, vamps performing raunchy numbers and obscene double entendres. However kissing was banned! Well, today kissing is often seen in movies and yes there are bedroom scenes, but thankfully the disgusting, violent and needless rape scenes (which used to make my skin crawl as a fifteen year old) are rare in mainstream films today. In fact there are films like Nishabd which go to the other extreme…they show romantic love between two people without sexual attraction!

Actually whether porn in itself is bad or good is not the issue, the fact is that porn here to stay. In fact in 2002 there was a proposal by the then Censor Board Chief Vijay Anand to legalise porn by designating special theatres for these films. A hue and cry was created at his suggestion and it is believed that he resigned due to this.

Well, porn being legalised is extremely unlikely in the near future in India and I am not even saying that it should be because unless there is a mechanism in place where young children are not exposed to it, I don’t think it should be. In fact we seem to be heading towards the other extreme…pretending that sexual desires are abnormal.

(Photo sourced from bbc)

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. ram permalink
    May 28, 2007 4:54 pm

    I think Indian social system is not matured enough to implement ,what is shown in Bollywood movies (I am talking abt love making scenes).

    This is a good example of ,implementation of new ideas on a system ,which functions completely different. ie , In west ,simply girl and boy sit a day and have a sex. Public kissing is normal. So the Hollywood movies uses it .

    The cheap imitation , is in the beginning stages ,where the system works completely different than what is portrayed in movies.

    Rich and poor in India makes it even worse ,where poor gets more and more frustrated that of riches have (related to flexibility of having sex).

    Nevertheless I believe, change has always a ‘Jerk’ effect. In few years to come society will be synchronized with the movie scenes. And today what we are watching is just a transformation jerks. I think Indians (we) suppress the natural desires. Time for change !

  2. December 15, 2007 10:16 am

    Now porno cinemas are being released in the name of universal and family entertainer movies. Visit this link:

    Thanks for the link – Nita.

  3. ash permalink
    January 7, 2008 2:14 am

    in movie`s does the boy and girl have sex for real is it truedothey have sex for real?

  4. February 6, 2008 5:29 pm

    whats the difference between a C grade movie and a porn flick~~~they both resemble the same

  5. Ravi permalink
    February 11, 2008 10:19 pm

    I think our society is not yet ready to accept sex as part of our life still its a taboo. I don’t think even today children can talk about sex with their parents. No one could be blamed in this aspect because a teenager wishes to watch porn all day where as a parent wishes that his/her child would never have access to porn neither of the above is practically possible. Thanks to internet I have watched porn for the first time in an internet cafe at the age of 17 with my friend. It was pretty funny I mean not the movie but the way we watched for the first time. We payed the cafe owner Rs.40/- and went into the cabin then he played the movie in our system from the server. πŸ™‚

    Nobody can stop teenagers from watching porn but it would be great if they are aware of sex and STD (sexually transmitted diseases). Just make them aware of the diseases they get by having sex and terrify them. Its not possible to keep an eye on one’s kid all the time and sex is not like drinking alcohol or doing drugs. Sex is kind of compulsion that our body regularly needs and this urge should be satisfied like we satiate our hunger. Teaching sex education is the only way that one can control teenagers from having unhealthy sexual practices or watching porn.

  6. February 12, 2008 8:05 am

    Ravi, thanks. I agree that more sex education will help. However I am not sure that it will stop teenagers from watching porn. In fact porn can be a good outlet for sexual frustration and this has been mentioned in my today’s post.

  7. Ravi permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:43 am

    Yeah! Making kids aware of sex education doesn’t educate them not to watch porn. Its’ part of growth process. I think parents should be broad minded and able to accept the changes in their teenage kids. The worst a parent can do to his/her kid is to make him/her regret for watching porn. I strongly suggest parents not to do that because it might leave the guilt in their kids heart for the rest of his/her life. There isn’t much any parent can do to stop their kids from watching porn. Show some love and attention to their kids and let them know they do care for them and their future. How such thoughts at an early age can affect their education and corrupt their mind. I think it should work and it worked for me when I first get caught watching porn. πŸ™‚ I was caught watching Baywatch and my parents explained the disadvantages of watching porn in an extremely sensible manner so that it would not hurt my feelings. They gave me this age limit of 21 and told me to restrict myself from watching any explicit stuff till then because it would affect my studies. From then onwards I have never watched TV in our living room.

    Nobody goes to a movie theater to watch porn these days thanks to high speed internet which allows to download HD quality videos. But this gives access to young kids to watch forbidden websites. I wish there would be some control over internet like in china.

    There is a way one can restrict access to websites when they do the following.

    1. Make Google as the homepage.
    2. Enable safe search and restrict websites with explicit content.
    3. Filter websites by keywords like sex, adult……..

    I think this is a good way to control internet to a certain extent. Young fellas please don’t curse me for suggesting ways in blocking your fun…. πŸ™‚

  8. February 12, 2008 9:27 am

    Ravi, it is very telling that your parents thought Baywatch was not right to be watched when you were a teenager. I assume that you were over 16.
    21 is okay to say but what about a boy/girl’s body? It develops before 21 and how is he/she to handle those feelings? They can’t experiment sexually with willing partners, they can’t watch porn and usually they can’t even talk about sex. Worst of all, there is no sex education in schools. It is a sad situation.

  9. Ravi permalink
    February 12, 2008 8:22 pm

    Nita, Actually I was 13 when I get caught by my parents while watching baywatch. Talking to friends can handle those feelings. We were like 3 extremely shy guys but with plenty of feelings πŸ™‚ and afraid to disclose them. So we watch forbidden shows by night and discuss in the morning over phone or by meeting in any of our apt terrus. It was in mid 90’s. Things have changed greatly these days and I m hearing teens are having sex at an early age like 13 and the only thing to be worried about is how safe their practices are. Sex education already introduced in some schools in AP. I hope this program will catch up all over India very soon. I don’t know exactly how good india is at development but kids are developing very well and they know what they want and busy internet cafes are an example of this.

    I didn’t tell you how much me and my friends hated Ms. Sushma swaraj for implementing censorship of Star Movies. She will die instantly if she gets to hear our curses at that time. πŸ™‚

  10. February 12, 2008 8:50 pm

    13 was a bit young! πŸ™‚
    Anyhow, censorship only whets the desire! But here teens are not having sex as early as 13, not here in India, not if one takes it as a trend. Yes, more people are dating, but it’s only in urban areas.

  11. Dinesh chennai, permalink
    February 20, 2008 10:05 am

    As once india was flourishing with rich heritage and culture, all those so called culturised countries like us n uk etc, were like barbarians . These were from Lord machalley not by me…….. from those dayssex in our country were like hidden treasure . So i think tats the goood n better way to follow even in future by abusing all those sex education ideas………

  12. April 1, 2008 11:26 am

    //I didn’t tell you how much me and my friends hated Ms. Sushma swaraj for implementing censorship of Star Movies. She will die instantly if she gets to hear our curses at that time// I can’t stop laughing πŸ™‚

  13. June 2, 2008 2:11 am

    I do not agree in the whole sex kissing scene in bollywood.. Lets leave all that to hollywood because they are very good at it.. but bollywood is not hollywood india is no America.. I have te dream of someday becoming an Bollywood Actress.. with out the whole lip locking stuff and kissing scenes whats the point Bollywood was doing very well before starting all this sexuality shit.. I mean now a days I was bollywood films I don’t as much as I used to enjoy them now its all about gangs, money, sex, and stuff… if bollywood doesn’t think twice they will end up losing there dignity… We don’t need a second hollywood we need bollywood BACK to its right tracks… the only good think bollywood has to day is Yash Rajs Films, Karan Johar, Shahrukh khan, other than that bollywood will be going Down shahrukh khan and yash raj films are keeping bollywood going other than that everyone sucks,.. STOP making all this shity stuff

  14. June 9, 2008 6:27 pm

    Nita, very intresting and informative article!

    I bet this article will bring you a HUGE amount of visits via Google bacause it seems like they key wording you used(porn) is being a very popular search on Internet πŸ™‚

    Thanks Axinia. About your other point, well, I am not the only person on the net who has written about ‘porn’ Axinia, in fact you will find hundreds of blogs do that. If I my blog comes up before the others in google search, that is because of my page rank. The whole of last year it was 5 and now it is 6. Page rank is dependent on a lot of factors, including regularity of posting, links to the blog etc – Nita.

  15. June 9, 2008 8:40 pm

    Nita, I guess you got me a big wrong – I know your rating si very high, – btw are you going to somehow celebrate the upcoing 1. Mio visits?? πŸ™‚

    I know it from other bloggers that such wording attract lots of attention.

    One friend fo mine has a blog in German about Films for Children – ones she wrote an article about one child-actress who made half-naked photos for Fanity Fair magazine. She put “naked photos” in the post title and since then… she has numerous google visits because of this wording!! She is a bit upset because her blog is actually about children…

    ofcourse writing about sex attracts attention. People are looking for porn. However if a person stays on your blog for just a second or two, it affects page ranking. Google calculates the average time people spend on your blog so writing keywords without content can never be of any use in the long term. Anyway I have never written from the point of keywords so I was surprised why you mentioned it. You can see that my blog has real content.I work hard and research and analyse write original stuff. No copying and pasting for me!
    As for celebration, I don’t intend to celebrate. That is hardly the point of this blog…I simply want to write and am happy if others read. Nita.

  16. Ravi permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:44 pm

    Was it vanity fair or fanity fair…I was just wonderin..?

  17. Ravi permalink
    June 9, 2008 10:51 pm

    Hileen- Your comment on bollywood was so mature.

  18. June 10, 2008 12:09 am

    Ravi, of course it was VANITY FAIR πŸ™‚

    Nita, I know you dont use these tricks because you simply dont need that! πŸ™‚ but many others do…
    It was so logical for me to notice that because I face this thing every day at my work (blog-monitoring), I guess I am too spoiled already by Marketing and PR thinking 😦

    Nita, please celebrate this day of 1 Mio. views!!! – I am sure we all will be happy to congratulate you on this, it is so special and you is really worth mentioning…Please do! πŸ™‚

    Axinia, thanks. But I find it a little embarrassing. I did celebrate my first 100,000 but later I wondered if it was appropriate on my blog! I don’t know why I feel this way…! – Nita.

  19. Ravi permalink
    June 10, 2008 8:44 am


    You dont have to think much to decide on celebrating your accomplishment. It goes like this if you think you are the one who believes in simplicity and relishes on inner happiness then dont celebrate or the other one like who celebrates each and every triumph in ones career and throws a party to rejuvenate each and every day in life. Find yourself and do accordingly. I congratulate you for providing us an opportunity to voice our views all these years. Go on! you rock!!!

    Thanks Ravi. I think I do not believe in celebrating. For example in my personal life too I do not celebrate certain events which others do. That gives me more satisfaction. I don’t know how to explain…but if you keep saying a sunset or a sunrise is beautiful it takes away from the beauty of the sunset. It’s best to enjoy it quietely – Nita.

  20. vivek mittal permalink
    June 10, 2008 11:45 am

    Mr Vijay Anand, when was the chairman of CBFC, suggested that we should have seperate theatres licensed to feature adult movies, and his suggestion was thrown into dustbin by our I&B Ministry and consequently Mr Anand resigned from his position

    But his suggestion was worth giving a thought,
    I dont know why our govt wants people not to watch porn…….it’s silly.. people can have sex but cant watch it

  21. June 11, 2008 3:23 am

    ok, Nita, we will watch the sunrise quetly and then congratulate you on our own :)) luckily we can see the clicks! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Axinia. You are sweet! – Nita.

  22. Chaitu permalink
    July 2, 2008 1:58 pm

    1. I’m no sexist but couldn’t help noticing that you seem to think the porn industry is only fueled by ‘single males’. (A female bollywood superstar is supposedly addicted to porn and watches porn even on the sets).
    2. The change in the way rape scenes are being portrayed can be attributed to the cultural change. Yesteryear actresses wouldn’t show a lot of skin. Hence, the need for the rape scenes. Today, almost every actress shows skin. Hence, the no-need for the rape scenes. In essence, a skin flick is what a porn watcher is interested in. It may not matter if it’s rape or consensus porn.

  23. Ravi permalink
    July 21, 2008 9:31 pm

    LOL@ the female bollywood superstar addicted to porn.

  24. January 20, 2009 3:31 pm

    Sexual freedom is as important as Economic freedom or political freedom. I wonder what these opposers of sexual freedom will say about Khajuraho. I wonder how they can become so Anti-indian culture (just because some muslims and britishers invaded India and embeded their rhetorical anti-female-freedom in Indian culture?)

    What they forget is all these anti-female and anti-freedom acts had made women a victim of society. All these ill-sensed forced moral preachings makes things weird and worst.


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