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Unveiling India's Taboos: 'Ask the Sexpert' Documentary Review

The film offers a bold look at sex-education in India, challenging societal norms and empowering through dialogue.

Keywords: , Sex-education, societal norms, India, sex advice, taboo, empowerment, dialogue. Three words: Enlightening, Bold, Empowering.


"Ask the Sexpert," a 2017 documentary directed by Vaishali Sinha, introduces us to a sex advice columnist who gains popularity amidst the controversial ban on comprehensive sex-education in several Indian states. In a society where sex is often a subject of taboo, the relevance of this documentary is unquestionable in today's world, where the need for open dialogue about sexual education is more important than ever.


The documentary follows the journey of a dedicated sex advice columnist, who, despite societal norms and resistance, persistently works towards educating the masses on sexual health and wellness. In the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education, his popularity grows, demonstrating the dire need for such discourse in society.

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"Ask the Sexpert" takes on an observational approach, providing viewers with a profound insight into the societal norms and barriers related to sex-education in India. The documentary exhibits commendable research, exploring the depth of the issue at hand with a balanced presentation style.

Historical and Factual Context


In many parts of India, sex and sex-education are controversial topics, often considered taboo. This documentary provides a stark contrast to this norm, enlightening viewers on the dire need for sex-education in a conservative society.

Key themes in the film

  • The importance of sex education for societal well-being
  • Challenging societal taboos and norms
  • Empowerment through knowledge and dialogue

Film Comparisons

Unlike other documentaries on iWonder, "Ask the Sexpert" presents a unique perspective on sex-education, specifically in an Indian context.

Noteworthy Moments

One enlightening moment in the documentary is when the sex advice columnist's popularity surges, highlighting the desperate need for open dialogue on sex-education in society.


With an IMDB score of 7.5, "Ask the Sexpert" has been received positively, with audiences appreciating its bold approach towards a typically taboo subject.


"Ask the Sexpert" contributes significantly to the global discourse on sex-education. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding societal norms, sex-education, and the power of dialogue.

More film information:


  • IMDB Score: 7.5
  • Awards and Festival Summary: 1 win & 1 nomination



  • Unnamed sex advice columnist: A dedicated individual working towards the cause of sex-education amidst societal resistance.



  • Various Indian states where the ban on comprehensive sex-education is in effect.

Key questions raised by the film:

  1. How does societal resistance impact the proliferation of sex-education?
  2. What role does dialogue play in challenging societal norms?

  1. Sex Education in India
  2. Impact of Sex Education

I wonder what the film would be in another art form

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  1. A famous book: "The Guide" by R.K. Narayan due to its similar theme of challenging societal norms.
  2. A famous song: "Imagine" by John Lennon, symbolizing a desire for change and liberation.
  3. A famous piece of art: "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali, representing the challenge against conventional norms.
  4. A famous celebrity: Emma Watson, known for her advocacy for gender equality and education.
  5. A colour: Red, symbolizing boldness and courage.
  6. A music style: Rock, known for its rebellious and challenging nature.