September 26, 2023

Noblemen’, ‘Badhaai Do’, ‘Aligarh’, ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ and ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ deserve a watch for their sensitive portrayal of LGBTQ issues

June has brought with it, the joyous, rainbow colours of Pride Month during which empowering celebrations of inclusive love and harmony unfold around the world. In this special month, we bring you a selection of hand-picked films that embrace the complex truths of LGBTQ identity with respect and sensitivity.

Noblemen
Noblemen-

Directed by Vandana Kataria and produced by Yoodlee Films, this thought-provoking narrative reveals the harsh realities of bullying via a 15-year-old boy who grapples with the challenges of his formative years in a prestigious boarding school. He is constantly bullied because he doesn’t fit into a hyper-masculine stereotype and one day a brutal assault changes his life forever.  ‘Noblemen’ is a riveting drama that shows how subtle and blatant cruelties often target people who don’t fit in. Available for streaming on Netflix,  the 2019 film stars  Kunal Kapoor, Ali Haji, and Mohammed Ali Mir and their performances bring to life many intricate layers of pain and resilience.

Badhaai Do
Badhaai Do-

This Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao starrer is a hilarious dramedy about a lavender marriage between Shardul, a gay policeman, and Suman, a lesbian teacher. The film depicts how their two eccentric families deal with their unconventional relationship and the chaos that ensues when Suman’s girl-friend moves in with them. Directed by Harshvardhan Kulkarni and produced by Junglee Pictures, this 2022 movie conveys an important message about the right to love in a lighthearted manner.  You can watch it on Netflix.Aligarh
Aligarh-

In this heartbreaking drama, we follow the trials and tribulations of a gay professor whose life falls apart when a sting operation not only makes his sexual orientation public but also ends his academic career and subjects him to great public humiliation. Directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Eros Entertainment, this film features stellar performances by Manoj Vajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, and Ashish Vidyarthi and underlines the tragic consequences of targeting people for their sexuality.  You can stream this 2016 movie on ZEE5 and Jio Cinema.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga-

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga-

Directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar and produced by Vinod Chopra Films, this 2019 film features Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Juhi Chawla. The heartwarming story is about a gay protagonist Sweety Choudhary (Sonam) who has to hide her true self from her conservative and traditional family.  The story delicately balances comedy, romance, and drama as Sweety navigates the challenges of coming out while struggling to reveal her identity. You can stream this moving story on Netflix.Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui-
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui-

This 2021 film starring Ayushmann Khurrana, and Vaani Kapoor, boldly explores a relationship between Manu, a gym co-owner and transwoman Manvi, who is a popular Zumba teacher. Unaware of her trans identity, Manu falls deeper in love with her and   his own quest for  fame intertwines with their romance. However, when the revelation comes, it throws their relationship into turmoil, sending Manu on a journey of self-discovery. Will he overcome societal pressures and embrace his true love and also successfully pursue his dreams? Watch this heartfelt film directed by Abhishek Kapoor and produced by Junglee Pictures, on Netflix now.

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