The One Where Bollywood Did Justice To The LGBTQ+ Community
The struggles and hardships that the entire LGBTQ community has faced for years in unmatchable. Though the community still has a long way to go, slowly, societies are accepting that even gays, transgender people and lesbians have nothing unnatural about them, and they deserve equal respect, love and acceptance. Every industry is doing its bit to recognize the LGBTQ community, and so is the Hindi film industry by making LGBTQ- friendly movies and educating the mass about the community.
Here are the Bollywood Movies that showed LGBTQ communities with utmost authenticity:
Kapoor & Sons
The film is directed by Shakun Batra and features Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. No, it’s not the typical Suraj Barjatya family drama. Instead, it explores real issues that goes on in a happy family. One such issue that the film deals with is homosexuality and how a mother’s ‘my perfect son’ image gets disrupted just when she finds out that her son is gay. The struggle is as real as it is shown in the film.
Directed by Hansal Mehta and starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao, Aligarh explores the heartbreaking story of Ramchandra Siras, who was working as a professor at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh and all hell breaks lose when a local news channel barge into his home and caught him having an intimate moment with a rickshaw puller. This incident turns the life of Siras upside down; he loses his job, his respect and is ridiculed by society. It’s a thought-provoking movie!
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan went a step ahead in portraying the LGBTQ community by showing a gay couple’s on-screen kiss. Directed by Hitesh Kewalya and Rohit Sharma and starring Ayushmann Khurana, Jitendra Kumar and Neena Gupta, the film showcases the hardships faced by a gay couple to live together and get accepted in society. This film will hit you with the reality that it’s the 21st century, and the LGBTQ community is still fighting for their basic rights!
Margarita With A Straw
Hailed as one of Kalki Koechlin’s best performances, Margarita With A Straw is directed by Shonali Bose and deals with two complex issues but doesn’t let any of them fall flat. The story explores the journey of a teenager who is suffering from cerebral palsy who falls in love with a blind Pakistani woman but, at the same time, gets attracted to another man Jared. The movie is beautifully executed, with Laila discovering her bisexuality and balancing her relationship with her mother.
The film Fire was really ahead of its time and is actually the movie that explored the relationship of a lesbian couple. The film is directed by Deepa Mehta and features veteran female actors Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi. The story focuses on two sisters-in-law stuck in a loveless marriage and eventually falling for each other.
The anthology series Bombay Talkies saw the coming together of four filmmakers – Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. One of the segments, Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh, explores the story of a gay man who has been tortured for years by his homophobic father who finally comes out of the closet after meeting a colleague’s husband. The film explores the homophobic part of society and how gays or lesbians end up spending their whole life living a lie.