PIX: The BORED housewives club of Bollywood
In the soon-to-release BA Pass, a lustful married woman embarks on a illicit journey with a young man to fulfil her physical needs.
Directed by Ajay Bahl, the erotic drama starring Shilpa Shukla in a raunchy role is already making news for its bold scenes.
But this is not the first time Bollywood has approached the subject.
From Shabana Azmi to Shilpa Shetty, many actresses have tried to understand a woman's need to seek love outside a passive marriage.
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Image: Movie poster of BA Pass
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Tigmanshu Dhulia's original was followed by a superior sequel.
In the first one, however, Mahie Gill tires of her royal husband's (Jimmy Shergill) indiscretions and lack of interest and engages in a torrid affair with her handsome driver (Randeep Hooda).
Image: Mahie Gill and Randeep Hooda in Saheb Biwi And Gangster Returns
A rip-off of Hollywood's Unfaithful, Murder was widely noted for Mallika Sherawat's exposure and heavy-duty love scenes with kissing specialist Emraan Hashmi.
Here too, the actress plays a lonely, betraying not-so-better half to Ashmit Patel, who's too busy playing office to notice his hot wife.
Only her sizzling rendezvous with Hashmi get her in a lot more trouble than she bargained for.
Image: Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi in Murder
Life In A...Metro
Anurag Basu's ensemble romance drama follows a multi-narrative format.
One of the stories focus on the loveless equation between Shilpa Shetty and her unfaithful husband Kay Kay Menon which leads to an attraction between her and a total stranger (Shiney Ahuja).
Only Shetty's guilt pangs forbid her from treading the illicit path and a potential affair is nipped in the bud.
Image: Shiney Ahuja and Shilpa Shetty in Life In A...Metro
John Abraham and Bipasha Basu started going steady after Jism, best remembered for their screen burning chemistry.
A remake of Double Indemnity, Basu plays the wife of an older guy she has little interest in and slyly seduces her object (Abraham) with a lot more than affection on her mind.
Image: John Abraham and Bipasha Basu in Jism
Astitva questions the prevalent judgemental attitude and chauvinism when it comes to the fairer sex and her desires.
Tabu plays a typical housewife, who engages in momentary passion outside marriage when overpowered by her loneliness and yearning.
The extreme rebuke she receives from her husband and son over this is Astitva's real issue.
Image: Mohnish Behl and Tabu in Astitva
Mired in controversy, Deepa Mehta's Fire, too, essentially deals with two bored, unfulfilled married women who find solace in each other on a mental AND physical level.
The homosexuality conveyed by Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das was both criticised by the moral police and applauded by the liberal sections of society.
Image: Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi in Fire
In Ketan Mehta's adaptation of Madame Bovary, Deepa Sahi plays a restless woman who isn't quite content with her loving but simple physician husband.
She seeks adventure and flamboyance in romance leading her to break all boundaries and engage in multiple affairs and a doomed destiny.
Image: Deepa Sahi in Maya Memsaab
From a standard middle-class housewife to a woman who explores her sexuality by having sex for money, Rekha plays a complex character in Basu Bhattacharya's Aastha.
But instead of the unorthodox possibilities it explores, Aastha received more attention for the bold bedroom scenes between her and Om Puri/Navin Nischol.
Image: Rekha in Aastha
Vinod Khanna's ghazal singer has little time for his pretty significant other, played by Dimple Kapadia in Somnath Sen's Leela.
And so she cannot resist the intimate attention she receives from a guy half her age leading to unpleasant complications and unavoidable realisations.
Image: Dimple Kapadia in Leela
Aruna Raje cast Hema Malini in one of the most courageous roles of her career.
The dream girl plays a village woman married to, again, Vinod Khanna. Since he's away for long spells due to work, she engages in a relationship with Naseeruddin Shah, becomes pregnant and tells it as it is.
Rihaee explores the hypocrisy that accepts a man's philandering ways but judges a woman when she seeks to satisfy her libido.
Image: Hema Malini in Rihaee