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Movies for Gays In India Recommended As “Must-Watch” By Gen-Z

Movies for Gays In India Recommended As “Must-Watch” By Gen-Z

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Movies for gays in India?? Yes! Cinema that challenges the rigorous norms and stereotypes of society is considered to be good cinema. September 6 is significant for the people representing LGBTQ. This was the day when the honourable Supreme Court decriminalised homosexuality in India.

In the past, films have shown gays as mere gags and were banned by CBFC in a parody. With spaces being provided with the silver, it’s time to do our bit! Here is the list of must-watch movies for gays in India.

  1. Aligarh (2016): This globally acclaimed film is based on the events from the life of Professor Ramchandra Siras. He was illegally filmed having sex with a rickshaw puller in a sting ran by a local media house. Aligarh is a hearing, yet gives a warm experience in the end. The film received a standing ovation at the Busan Film festival. It is the best gay film that has been ever made in India to date!
  • Duration- 1 hour 54 minutes
  • Directed by Hansal Mehta
  • IMDb Rating-7.8/10
  • Available On Jio Cinema, Zee 5 
Aligarh (2016)

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  1. Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan (2020): An effortful attempt to showcase such a sensitive issue entertainingly. A film wanting to nurture normalcy about homosexuality amongst parents and elderly people. The mood and tone are satirical and pun intended, positioned with timely drama. Amongst must-watch movies for gays and those who wish to educate their families!
  • Duration- 2 hours 01 minutes
  • Directed by Hitesh Kewalya
  • IMDb Rating-5.8/10
  • Available On Prime Video
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan
  1. Bombay Talkies (2013): A film that was meant to celebrate 100 years of cinema, but left us in awe with the kind of tales it showed! The first story amongst the 4-tales is about a homosexual man. Wanting to avoid generalities and exploring himself, he leaves his wife in a loveless marriage.
  • Duration- 2 hours 07 minutes
  • Directed by- Zoya, Karan, Anurag, Dibakar
  • IMDb Rating- 6.7/10
  • Available On Netflix, Jio
Bombay Talkies

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  1. Badnam Basti (1971): The first-ever gay film produced in India. Badnam Basti is based on a novel named Ek Sadak Sattavan Galiyaan. The film’s negative disappeared but was discovered recently in Berlin. A story about a bus driver who is also a bandit who loved bansuri and Shivraj with the same passion. What unfolds later will blow your mind and guts! Watch this one just for the director’s bravery in contributing such a film to Indian cinema.
  • Duration- 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Directed by Prem Kapoor 
  • IMDb Rating-6.6/10
  • Available On Mubi
Badnam Basti (1971)

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  1. My Brother Nikhil (2005): Based on the life of Dominic, the film is about Nikhil and what repercussions he had to face because he admitted having HIV Aids. The most lovely thing the film portrayed is the relationship he shared, especially with his boyfriend, Sam. There are plenty of reasons for it to be in the must-watch movies for gay in India.
  • Duration- 2 hours 01 minutes
  • Directed by Onir
  • IMDb Rating-7.7/10
  • Available On Prime Video, Hotstar, Mubi
My Brother Nikhil (2005)
  1. Meghadhanushya (The Color of Life) (2013): The first-ever film on homosexuality from Gujarat. The film showcases the stigma and day to day battles faced by the gay community often country. The film also diminishes the rigorous thinking and misconception about homosexuality.
  • Duration- 1 hour 53 minutes   
  • Directed by KR Devmani
  • IMDb Rating-7.2/10
  • Available On Youtube 

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  1. Fire (1996): This film was blamed for hurting religious sentiments and stirred up many controversies on the verge of its release. Based on Ismat Chugtai’s 1942 short-story Lihaaf and directed by Deepa Mehta’s Fire is about two women residing and adjusting their lives in a loveless marriage. The protagonists include Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi, and how both the characters finally seek peace in each other.
  • Duration- 1 hour 48 Minutes
  • Directed by Deepa Mehta
  • IMDb Rating-7.2/10
  • Available On Hotstar India
Fire (1996)

It’s a course of progressiveness when mainstream actors and actresses are bulging in films that communicate about homosexuality and raising awareness about it. 

Do watch and support these must-watch movies for gays in India!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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