By Jayshree Bajoria
BBC correspondent in Bombay
Hindu hardliners have destroyed posters of a recent Bollywood film about lesbians, called Girlfriend.
The film has been criticised by numerous groups
The protesters say that the film runs against Indian culture.
The movie has also upset women's groups who say it is a "pornographic and stereotypical portrayal" of a lesbian relationship.
Activists from the right wing Shiv Sena party have stopped screenings in the cities of Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi and Varanasi, labelling it as "regressive."
An activist with the party's youth wing said similar protests were staged five years ago against the film Fire which also portrayed lesbianism in India.
Women's groups say that the latest film - about jealousy and hidden desire coming between two women when one of them finds a boyfriend - is "highly regressive."
A member of a women's organisation, Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW), Tejal Shah said that Girlfriend is pornographic and has been made entirely to give pleasure to heterosexual males.
"All the negative popular myths about lesbians [have] been woven into the storyline, and I think it will antagonise society even further," she said.
As the lesbian character in Girlfriend becomes more possessive about her partner, she also becomes more psychopathic as the film reaches its conclusion.
The film's director, Karan Razdan, said the movie was about a woman who becomes a lesbian due to her circumstances rather than her sexual orientation at birth.
''I have not made a pro-lesbian film but my film has started a debate about the subject," he said.
"Whether my film generates good or bad publicity, my intention is to start a discussion about this subject, and create an awareness in society.
Critics say the film is pornographic
"Lesbians should be accepted in society because freedom of sexual preference should be allowed in a free and democratic country," he said.
Most women's groups like FAOW agree the film has been made solely to titillate, and shows little sensitivity towards the subject.
But many are wary of standing up to protest against it, because they do not want to be perceived as siding with right-wing parties.
Tejal Shah organised the first international film festival in Bombay last year, dealing with sexuality and gender plurality.
She argues that filmmakers should be allowed freedom to make what they want.
"But they should also have some moral responsibility," she said.