LGBTQIA+ Stories in Indian Movie and Television

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IMDb celebrates love in all the colours of the rainbow, showcasing some LGBTQIA+ stories and narratives in Indian movie and TV that break the mold.

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1. Paava Kadhaigal (2020– )

36 min | Drama

8.1
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At times dark, at times disturbing, four short films explore stories of those who dare to dream and desire - and those determined to stand in their way.

Stars: Anjali, Kalidas Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Simran

Votes: 4,714

2. Sheer Qorma (2020)

30 min | Short, Drama

2.9
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Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family told through courageous, queer women choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

Director: Faraz Ansari | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar, Divya Dutta, Jitin Gulati

Votes: 273

3. Super Deluxe (2019)

Not Rated | 176 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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An unfaithful newly-wed wife, an estranged father, a priest and an angry son suddenly find themselves in the most unexpected predicaments, each poised to experience their destiny, all on one fateful day.

Director: Thiagarajan Kumararaja | Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Ramya Krishnan

Votes: 11,373

4. The Elder One (2019)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A transgender child from Lakshadweep sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, an elder brother who left the island due to his sexual orientation.

Director: Geethu Mohandas | Stars: Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora, Sanjana Dipu, Sobhita Dhulipala

Votes: 1,712

5. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.5
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The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her conservative and traditional family.

Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar | Stars: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla

Votes: 3,936 | Gross: $1.18M

6. Evening Shadows (2018)

102 min | Drama

7.1
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Under the 'Evening Shadows', truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths.

Director: Sridhar Rangayan | Stars: Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi, Arpit Chaudhary

Votes: 472

7. Loev (2015)

92 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them.

Director: Sudhanshu Saria | Stars: Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon, Shiv Panditt, Dixit

Votes: 2,438

8. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 3,568

9. My Son is Gay (2019)

106 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.7
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Lakshmi discovers her son Varun is gay, the fact she could never accept, changes her whole life upside down. While Varun goes out and finds his love Karthik, his life isn't as happy as in the past. There comes a day, Lakshmi decides to find her lost son, will they ever meet again? My Son is Gay, showcases the dark reality of acceptance prevailing in our society.

Director: Lokesh Kumar | Stars: Anupama Kumar, Ashwinjith, Abishek Joseph George, V. Jayaprakash

Votes: 25

10. Aligarh (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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A gay, linguistic professor living in a small orthodox city must deal with the aftermath of a sting operation that puts his sexual orientation in front of the entire nation.

Director: Hansal Mehta | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, Balaji Gauri

Votes: 6,413

11. The Journey (2004)

107 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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In Sancharram ("The Journey"), Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah, in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.

Director: Ligy J. Pullappally | Stars: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Valsala Menon

Votes: 331

12. Chitrangada (2012)

135 min | Drama

6.3
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Chitraganda: The Crowning Wish, is a lusciously lit and deeply personal drama about a choreographer considering a gender-reassignment surgery. The film also explores insights into how gender expression can affect families.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Kaushik Banerjee, Dipankar Dey, Anjan Dutt, Rituparno Ghosh

Votes: 331

13. Just Another Love Story (2010)

128 min | Drama

6.8
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The movie is about a Delhi base trans gender documentary filmmaker Abhiroop Sen and his bisexual lover cinematographer. They wanted to make a documentary on the life of famous "Jatra" actor... See full summary »

Directors: Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Rituparno Ghosh, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta, Jisshu Sengupta

Votes: 183

14. My Brother... Nikhil (2005)

120 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Director: Onir | Stars: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Purab Kohli, Victor Banerjee

Votes: 1,188

15. Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents marriage is on the verge of collapse,the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.

Director: Shakun Batra | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Fawad Khan

Votes: 24,010 | Gross: $2.61M

16. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,779 | Gross: $0.40M

17. Angry Indian Goddesses (2015)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A photographer invites her closest friends to vacation at her family's home in Goa in celebration of her upcoming marriage.

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Sarah Jane Dias, Rajshri Deshpande, Sandhya Mridul, Amy Maghera

Votes: 2,752

18. Bioscope (2015)

120 min | Drama

5.7
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Synopsis : Bioscope is an interesting projects where four different directors have teamed up to make a single film. The film has four independent stories woven around four poems and stories... See full summary »

Directors: Gajendra Ahire, Viju Mane, Girish Mohite | Stars: Mangesh Desai, Kushal Badrike, Suhas Bhalekar, Mangesh Desai

Votes: 174

19. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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The road to achieving a happy ending is a little too rough for two guys Kartik and Aman. While Aman's family tries hard to battle his love for Kartik, Kartik isn't prepared to step back until he marries Aman.

Director: Hitesh Kewalya | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta

Votes: 8,218

20. 68 Pages (2007)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

6.2
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Coming from a country like India that is still in denial, where being HIV+ is still a curse, '68 Pages' rips open the underbelly of its society to reveal how it stigmatizes and shuns those ... See full summary »

Director: Sridhar Rangayan | Stars: Mouli Ganguly, Joy Sengupta, Jayati Bhatia, Zafar Karachiwala

Votes: 31

21. Bombay Talkies (2013)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

6.7
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One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.

Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 5,125

22. Ajeeb Daastaans (2021)

TV-MA | 142 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Four shorts explore the surprising ways in which unexpected catalysts inflame the uncomfortable emotions simmering under fractured relationships.

Directors: Neeraj Ghaywan, Kayoze Irani, Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta | Stars: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nushrat Bharucha, Abhishek Banerjee

Votes: 4,167

23. The Big Day (2021– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Reality-TV, Romance

4.6
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For six engaged couples, happily ever after begins on a spectacular note in this eye-popping look at India’s multibillion-dollar wedding industry.

Stars: Daniel Bauer, Prerna Gupta, Sanjeet Raman, Itai Reuveni

Votes: 282

24. Naanu Avanalla... Avalu (2015)

115 min | Drama

8.8
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Young Maadesha has always felt like a woman from inside. While his small town parents dream of him being the 'man of the house', Maadesha instead follows his heart and becomes a woman, ... See full summary »

Director: B.S. Lingadevaru | Stars: Sanchari Vijay, Kunal Punekar, Sumithra, Maniyamma

Votes: 84

25. Made in Heaven (2019– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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It is the story of two wedding planners in Delhi, where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of big fat Indian weddings revealing many secrets and lies.

Stars: Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin

Votes: 9,310




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