Although it might appear to be so, Shelly Dhar’s recent direction-‘ Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ is not the first movie out there that has dealt with the concept of LGBTQ romance/life in India, which continues to remain a controversial topic.
For instance the movie ‘Fire’ released way back in 1996, starring the amazing Shabana Azmi touches two ‘taboo’ topics (as seen by the society) at ones- that of sexuality and gay relationships. Azmi and her reel Sister-in-Law Nandita Das suffer neglect from their husbands and eventually their empathy for each other transforms into a love that is bound to receive rebuke by the society.
MARGARITA WITH A STRAW
Kalgi’s ‘Margarita With A Straw’ (2014) is a similar movie that beautifully showcases the conflict faced by a young bisexual girl regarding her romantic inclinations. In this revelation of a movie, Koechlin plays a teenager with cerebral palsy. She moves to New York City with her mother, a traditional woman, to study at NYU. She meets and falls for a blind Pakistani woman but is also attracted to another man, Jared. Through this movie, she discovers her bisexuality while balancing her relationship with her mother.
MY BROTHER NIKHIL
The 2005 release ‘My Brother Nikhil’ is another unsung hero in our list of modern movies. It tackles the issue of social estrangement which is faced by the gay community as it tells the story of an athlete, who, when diagnosed with HIV, is abandoned by most of the people he put his faith in except his boyfriend and his sister.
Based on a true story of Ramchandra Siras, gay professor at Aligarh Muslim University, ‘Aligarh’ was shrouded in controversy and was banned in the city of Aligarh.
ANGRY INDIAN GODDESS
Thanks to our censor board the film had to face a lot of problems which was absolutely unnecessary. The movie showed the struggles of a group of women and the different situations they are facing such as woman objectification, gay relationships and rape. This is one of the must watch movie for every girl out there.
‘Mango Souffle’ and ‘Fashion’ are such prior releases that have dealt with the lives led by the LGBTQ community. So if you go on to explore, you will find that some bold people have been continuously tackling social issues in Indian Cinema.