Top 10 Gay Movies In Bollywood Which Centered Around Homosexuality

Top 10 Gay Movies In Bollywood Which Centered Around Homosexuality

27 Mar 18 @ 1:49 PM | By Ravi

Be it off screen or on screen gays in Bollywood is not new. On screen, gay relationships and LGBT movies have often touched upon the sensitive issue of Homosexuality. Bollywood’s relationship with homosexuality is not that old. Some filmmakers have used the subject as a comedy element in their films whereas some have used them as a serious mainstream theme. Though some films like Fashion and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. did have one of its characters playing gay but it dealt with a different theme altogether. Here is a list of best gay movies in Bollywood which centered around homosexuality and dared to get a release against all odds.

  1. Aligarh (2016)

    Based on a true story of a professor who works as the head of the department of languages at Aligarh Muslim University, who had to face the wrath of the society for being a homosexual. He eventually gets suspended before a journalist comes to his help. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film features Manoj Bajpai and RajKummar Rao in the lead roles.
  2. Dunno Y2 – Life Is A Moment (2015)

    A sequel to Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun, Dunno Y2 - Life Is A Moment was one of the gay movies in Bollywood which also dealt with a gay relationship. Set in Norway, the story deals with two boys Aryan and Ashley who fall in love with each other and decide to celebrate their new found relationship.

    Dunno Y2 – Life Is A Moment
    Dunno Y2 – Life Is A Moment
  3. Margarita With A Straw (2015)

    This film was one of the rare lesbian movies in Bollywood which delicately portrayed a lesbian relationship on screen where between the two leading female characters. Kalki Koechlin plays a young girl confined to a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy. She shifts to the University of New York where she meets a young fiery female activist whom she falls in love with and discovers her sexual desires.

  4. Bombay Talkies (2013)

    One of the four stories in the film which dealt with the theme of homosexuality was directed by Karan Johar titled Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. The segment featured Saqib Saleem, who is a gay and professes his love to the already married Randeep Hooda.

    Bombay Talkies
    Bombay Talkies
  5. Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun (2010)

    This 2010 release was India's first film entrant into a mainstream gay film festival. The film featured Yuvraaj Parashar and Kapil Sharma who discover their new found relationship as gays. The film just didn't have gay romance as its central theme but had the dubious distinction of becoming the first Indian gay couple to smooch on screen.

  6. I Am (2010)

    Director Onir’s fourth story in the film which was titled Omar where Rahul Bose meets Arjun Mathur, a struggling actor and falls in love with him later only to be caught by the police and be booked for an offence.

    I Am
    I Am
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  8. My Brother…Nikhil (2005)

    Director Onir’s My Brother…Nikhil’s undercurrent theme dealt with homosexuality and AIDS where Sanjay Suri and Purab Kohli are shown as a gay couple when former eventually tests HIV positive. The film touched upon both the issues in a matured manner.

    My Brother…Nikhil
    My Brother…Nikhil
  9. Girlfriend (2004)

    Director Karan Razdan’s Girlfriend had Isha Koppikar playing a lesbian who is obsessed with her female childhood friend, Amrita Arora and prevents her from meeting her boy friend, Ashish Choudhry.

    Girlfriend
    Girlfriend
  10. Mango Soufflé (2002)

    Labeled as India’s ‘first gay male film’, written and directed by Mahesh Dattani, which he adapted from his own successful English play On a Muggy Night in Mumbai. The story was based on a homosexual relationship where a man is attracted to his sister’s fiancé.

    Mango Soufflé
    Mango Soufflé
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  12. Fire (1996)

    Deepa Mehta’s controversial film which dealt with two daughter’s-in-law played by Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, who are deprived of their respective husband’s love and affection and end up take a liking for each other. Though the film portrayed same sex relationship it was later banned by the audiences.

    Fire
    Fire