Yes, Section 377 has finally been scrapped by the Supeme Court of India and we can’t be happier for our LGBTQ+ fellas. While it’s a huge news for the country, when we talk about India Cinema, there are very few movies which have portrayed the community in the right light. So today, being a celebration for the rainbow-headed, we list down 5 flicks that will shine a brighter light on issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
As the name suggests, Deepa Mehta’s Fire with is a powerhouse of a film with stellar performers like Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das. The film was dragged into a pit of controversies due to its sensitive theme of lesbian lovers who find solace in each other after their empty marriages. A must watch!
Challenging the stereotypes, Aligarh is based on the true story of a gay professor who was hounded, possibly to death. The film opened nationwide to critical acclaim. The flick features mainstream actors with Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role; a right casting blend with an eye-opening topic which led to the film.
My Brother Nikhil
This one comes from a genius director - Onir. My Brother Nikhil is kick-ass film yet has sensitive topic of friendship and love and how the LGBTQ community is looked down upon by the society and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. The film stars Purab Kohli and Juhi Chawla in key roles.
Tarring Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain and Bahu Uday, Un-Freedom is a masterpiece. The story of the film is how a lesbian daughter fights off an arranged marriage in India while an Islamic fundamentalist targets an anti-extremist Muslim scholar in New York. A twisted tale with a heart-linked message.
Margarita, with a Straw
Directed by Shonali Bose, this movie stars Kalki Koechlin. When a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. You’ll fall in love.