Before the repeal of Section 377 of the IPC in 2018, homosexuality was considered a taboo subject in society. Stop watching movies on this subject, people didn’t even like to talk about it. But Bollywood has always expressed its social concerns throughout time. Even when people avoided talking about homosexuality, many movies showed stories based on homosexual relationships. There was opposition to these films, but the film industry never backed down. She has always been with him in this fight for gay rights. She has been raising awareness through movies. The result of this can be seen as the victory of the Gay Liberation Movement, the Supreme Court, while making an important decision, struck down Section 377. Since then, the LGBTQ community is breathing a sigh of relief.
After Ayushmann Khurrana’s film ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, which was released in theaters last year, ‘Badhaai Do’, a film based on homosexual relationships, will be released on February 11 this year. Directed by Harshvardhan Kulkarni, the film stars Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead roles. Through this movie, ‘Lavender Marriage’ has been introduced to the audience for the first time. So far there have been films based on lesbian and gay relationships. But the concept of lavender marriage is a little different from theirs. Under this, there is a marriage between a homosexual man and a woman, who, despite being homosexual, marry only so that their truth cannot be presented to society and they can live their lives without putting the family’s reputation at stake. In this, both come to know the reality of the other.
Let’s take a look at this type of Bollywood movies, in which the truth of homosexual relationships has been told…
1. The film Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui: a sensitive debate on a bold subject
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor, Gaurav Sharma, Gautam Sharma, Kanwaljit Singh, Anjan Srivastava and Abhishek Bajaj
Director- Abhishek Kapoor
The film ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’, made under the banner of Bhushan Kumar, Pragya Kapoor and Abhishek Nayar’s production company, was based on a sensitive topic like ‘sex change’. It had Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles. The film tackles a bold and taboo subject in a very sensitive way, with a rich mix of emotions. Written by Abhishek Kapoor, Supratik Sen and Tushar Paranjpe, the story is progressive, fresh and the need of the moment as it conveys an important message. Usually in Hindi movies we have seen that a boy and a girl meet each other. There is romance between the two. Suddenly, they both run away for some reason. Then, at the end, the two meet. But after the romance in this film, a big question arises. Because the hero finds out that the hero is a trans girl. It has gone from a boy to a girl changing sex. In such a situation, the ground slides under the hero’s feet. But whatever happens next is true love.
2. Shubh Mangal more careful: homosexuality is not a disease
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Manu Rishi Chaddha, Sunita, Maanvi and Pankhuri
Director: Hitesh Kewalya
Romantic comedy film ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ made under the banner of Aanand L Rai, Bhushan Kumar and Himanshu Sharma’s production company was released in the year 2020. Serious themes have been shown in this film directed by Hitesh Kevalya like sexuality in a comic style. It stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, and Neena Gupta in major roles. The story of this film, based on the mutual love of two boys and the struggle and pain between their families, can only be understood by those who walk this path or at least have seen someone pass by. These two guys are gay. they are in each other’s relationship. But after the family learns her truth, they have to face hate and blackmail from family friends. They are forced to marry separately. But in the end his love wins and the family loses. The film attacks the taboo in which homosexual relations are seen as a disease.
3. Girlfriend: controversial film about the lesbian relationship
Cast: Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora, Ashish Chowdhary
Director: Karan Razdan
Talking about homosexual relationships 18 years ago was nothing less than a crime. At that time, many organizations were agitating against homosexual relations abroad. In India, thinking about this issue meant committing treason against society. At that time, that is, in the year 2004, Karan Razdan made a film about a sensitive topic like a lesbian relationship. Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora and Ashish Chowdhary had lead roles in this film. Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora played the role of a lesbian couple. In this movie, two girls are shown as best friends, but one of them falls in love with the boy and the other one gets jealous of him. After this they come to know that they love each other. Many bold scenes were shown between the two. After this there was a lot of fuss about the movie. Even the actresses Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora, who worked on the film, were also boycotted by the people.
4. Aligarh: a film that advocates personal privacy
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao and Ashish Vidyarthi
Director- Hansal Mehta
Why should we be allowed to peer into someone’s loneliness? The same question has been raised mainly in the film ‘Aligarh’ by director Hansal Mehta. In this era, there are cameras in every hand, so privacy is violated every time. Even if someone tries to hide something, people start looking at him with suspicious eyes. The film advocates personal privacy, which is based on a true event. The film was released in the year 2016, in which Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkumar Rao have the lead roles. The story of the film revolves around a gay professor at Aligarh Muslim University. The video of her having sex with a guy goes viral. The movie tells how conservatives negatively affect people’s lives, giving them life.
5. Fire: the first movie to shed light on gay relationships
Cast – Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das
Director- Deepa Mehta
Released in 1996, ‘Fire’ was the first time gay relationships were shown in a Bollywood film. This movie is directed by Deepa Mehta, in which a story based on a lesbian relationship is shown. Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das played the role of a lesbian couple in this. It is shown in the film that Devrani-Jethani named Sita and Radha as part of a joint family. Things become such that they both become emotional and physical relationships with each other. The theme of the film was very daring according to its time. By the way, it wasn’t even a conventional movie. At that time, most of the daring or sensitive themes were part of parallel cinema. Hindutva organizations strongly opposed the film claiming that Indian culture and religion are under attack.