Five Bollywood Films Which Openly Spoke About Homosexuality

Author : Grinell Jacinto
Five Bollywood Films Which Openly Spoke About Homosexuality

Five Bollywood Films Which Openly Spoke About Homosexuality

It’s time we do not shy away from people who have a different sexual orientation that the majority in the country. The Indian Supreme Court came in favour of the LGBT community last year. Ecstatic LGBT activists across the nation stood together to rejoice the moment.

Not only did the arbiters of a transitioning society voice their full-hearted support, but also notable stalwarts from the cinema industry came ahead vocally supporting the lifting of the colonial-era ban. The portrayal of homosexuality has often been caricature-ish in mainstream Indian movies. But filmmakers across the globe including Bollywood has changed with times and is widening its horizons and becoming an agent of social change.

Here are some unconventional stories that sensitively portrayed homosexuality in India. Check them out right away:

My Brother Nikhil

Filmed in an era when homosexuality was considered to be immoral, directed Onir presented all My Brother Nikhil– a brave journey into the forefront. The film stars Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, and Purab Kohli and was a mindful attempt at tackling sensitive issues with utmost care and love.

Margarita with a Straw

Margarita with a Straw stars Kalki Koechlin in the lead. She plays the role of a young, romantic, and secret rebel on a wheelchair. The story takes shape when she embarks on her journey of self and sexual discovery. The careful treatment of the film surely makes it un-miss-able.


As much as we loved Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khalji we equally loved his loyal companion Malik Kafur aka Jim Sarbh. And who can forget their on-screen chemistry in Padmaavat especially in Binte Dil.
Kapoor & Sons

Directed by Shakun Batra, Bollywood’s much-loved film, Kapoor and Sons portrayed homosexuality exceedingly well. Enacted by actor Fawad Khan, the idea was to raise the conversation around gay culture without making it a significant part of the story. The film beautifully conveyed the message that no individual should become an outcast, basis his or her sexual preferences.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Director Shelly Chopra Dhar consciously weaved her sensitive-take on such an important issue. Set against the backdrop of a family drama, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga beautifully captures the nuances of a lesbian love story.

Over the past few years, television and cinema have been an active change agent, breaking labels and challenging societal taboos. Amazon Prime Video’s Original Series, Made in Heaven is a careful attempt at highlighting some hard-hitting realities of today’s India.

Amazon Prime Original Series, Made in Heaven is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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