How a lesbian love story is bypassing censors online

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Low-cost smartphones and cheap mobile data mean Indians are now hungrily consuming content over the small screen. And this is opening up a new world of creative freedom for the country’s entertainment industry.

Film director Krishna Bhatt says the internet has given her “the power to show exactly the story I want to tell”.

She has made two web-based shows. One of them, Maaya 2, centres around a lesbian love story – a subject that would have been very difficult to get into cinemas or on television in India.

“To show lovemaking in a theatre I will have to go through 10,000 censor rules,” says Ms Bhatt.

“My kisses will get cut based on very stupid things. You’re not allowed to show something like that even on TV.”