9 Best Queer Films Hindi Cinema Has Given Us So Far

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​These films are some of Hindi cinema’s best attempts to portray an LGBTQIA+ narrative.

​1. Geeli Pucchi

​The critically acclaimed shorts from Netflix’s ‘Ajeeb Dastan’ features Konkana Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari, and explores the themes of caste, sexuality and patriarchy.

​2. Aligarh

​Hansal Mehta’s 2015 autobiographical drama 'Aligarh' tells the story of a professor who gets suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. It is a story of companionship and loneliness.

​3. My Brother… Nikhil

​Starring Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Suri, and Purab Kohli, the 2005 Hindi film explored the topics of homosexuality and AIDS in a sensitive and empathetic manner.

​4. Badhaai Do

​An unusual story in a mainstream setting, ‘Badhaai Do’ tells the story of a gay police inspector Shardul (Rajkummar Rao) and Sumi (Bhumi Pednekar), a lesbian and a physical education teacher, who settle for a marriage of compromise to appease their respective families.

​5. Evening Shadows

​Starring Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Mahadevan and Devansh Doshi in pivotal roles, the film is about a son coming out to his mother in a small town, but more about the mother coming out as a woman within a patriarchal society.

​6. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

​The Vaani Kapoor and Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer made a humble attempt to smash the transgender stereotype with a powerful narrative. It showcased the love story of a man and a transgender woman.

​7. Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan

​The Bollywood family entertainer depicts the story of a same-sex couple Kartik and Aman, who are struggling to convince their families to accept their relationship.

​8. Dear Dad

​Arvind Swamy’s third Hindi film saw him in the role of a father who comes out to his teenage son during a road trip.

​9. Margarita with a Straw

​This Kalki Koechlin-starrer tells the story of a queer disabled women and her journey of self-discovery.

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