Recently, one of the Bengali sex movies, Cosmic Sex made the headlines due to unpredicted treatment that it received from Nandan authority. Directed by Amitabh Chakraborty, this Bengali erotic movie deals with the 'Baul' philosophy of Deha Tathya that emphasize on exploiting sexual energy for spiritual practice. The film has been screened at the International Film Festival of Kerala and the Osian's Cine Fan Festival of Arab and Asian Cinema. Cosmic sex remains one of the most searched full movies online.
Q's first full-length movie explores today's women who, after being ditched by their significant others set out to explore their sexuality without being judgmental. The unabashed and experimental attempt received positive remarks for smart storytelling and out-of-the-box concept. It won't be wrong to say that Bishh is one of the best Bengali sex movies to have released in recent times.
3.Take One (2014)
Swastika Mukherjee plays Doel Mitra, an actress whose sex scene from an international film gets leaked on the internet. The incident makes her a soft target of public resentment. The backlash and humiliation come to an end only when the same actress wins a prestigious award for the same movie. Swastika Mukherjee's nude scene drew a lot of attention from the audiences. Later, it was revealed that the wrath that Bengali actress Paoli Dam faced from the society in post-'Chatrak' period for her nude scenes became the inspiration for Mainak Bhowmick's Take One.
Chaiti is a young beautiful woman and wife of newspaper editor Bikramjit. Bikramjit is a workaholic and always stay busy with his editorial works. In spite of being a highly educated woman, Chaiti has nothing to do and she spends her time with expensive saris, filing nails, watching TV.
5.Chatrak / Mushroom (2011)
Probably the most controversial movie among all the films in this list was Paoli Dam's Chatrak which was more in the news due to an explicit nude scene that came as a shocker to the orthodox Bengali cine-goers. Directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara, a Sri Lankan director, the bilingual movie affected the career of Paoli in an adverse way at that point of time.
6.Family Album (2015)
The light-hearted sex comedy transformed real and convoluted relationships on the big screen with much humor and simplicity. In the direction of Mainak Bhoumik, Family Album explores the deeper secrets of every individual of a supposed happy family. From a lesbian daughter to a mother who is afraid of losing her youth, the film conveyed daring content without losing its adult jokes and sex jokes.
7.Arekti Premer Golpo (2010)
Kaushik Ganguly's Arekti Premer Golpo has a plot involving two timelines in one intricate thread. The story starts when a transgender documentary filmmaker (Rituporno Ghosh) comes to Kolkata to make a documentary on Chapal Bhaduri popularly known as Chapal Rani for his female impersonation in Jatra. Rituporno enacts the noted actor and it draws a parallel between two humans with the same dilemma. Despite being certified as 'A' the film received critical acclaim to become one of the favorite 18+ Bengali movies.
Directed by Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Khawto is a romantic thriller that tells a story of a novelist, Nirbed Lahiri, who pens down romantic thrillers and shares a complex, illegitimate relationship with a woman whom he considers as his muse. The film, starring Prosenjit Chatterjee, Paoli Dam and Raima Sen is Tollywood's first attempt in the genre of Bengali hot movies.
9.Chitrangada: The Crowning Wish (2012)
This Rituporno Ghosh directorial venture illustrates the crisis of a man who craves for womanhood and ends with a much affirmative message 'Be What You Wish To Be' thus justifying its tagline 'The Crowning Wish'. The Rituparno Ghosh, Jisshu Sengupta, and Anjan Dutt starrer movie was appreciated for voicing the plight of the people struggling for gender identity.
Srijit Mukherjee's magnum opus tells the story of the partition from the perspective of a bunch of prostitutes played by Rituparno Sengupta, Saayoni Ghosh and Sohini Sarkar in Rajkahini, who refuse to abandon their brothel for the erection of Radcliffe Line. The forthright and hard-hitting narrative of the movie made it one of the 'A' certificate Bengali movies. The content of the movie garnered mostly positive reviews despite multiple factual flaws. The director later remade the film in Hindi as Begum Jaan in 2017 where Vidya Balan was one of the Bollywood actresses who played on-screen prostitutes.
Special Mention: Nagarkirtan (2019)
Kaushik Ganguly's much-talked-about film Nagarkirtan touches the most tabooed and ignored part of our society. It is about the love story of Parimal AKA Puti, a transwoman, who is born with a body of a man but is a woman at her heart. Puti falls for Madhu, a flute player and their love story starts rolling with the burden of society's disapproval. Starring Ritwick Chakraborty and Riddhi Sen, the film has bagged multiple National Awards including the Nation Award for the Best Actor (Riddhi) in 2018.