Bollywood’s 100-year kiss sparks debate on gay films

New Bollywood film “Bombay Talkies” is billed as a milestone not only for marking 100 years of Indian cinema - it is also one of the country's few mainstream movies ever to have shown a gay kiss.

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The short film from director Karan Johar features a kiss between a young man and his best friend’s husband as part of an exploration of sexual identity and marital discord.

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While such scenes in the past may have elicited catcalls in India’s populist single-screen theatres, this time the kiss has been winning applause from audiences, according to gay rights advocate Nitin Karani.

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