Bollywood has always portrayed LGBTQ people in a very stereotypical way and rarely has it been a concern to makers to be sensitive towards the issue. However, lately, newer filmmakers have become more conscious and careful in addressing people from the queer community.
The upcoming film 'Badhaai Do', starring actors Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar also looks at the way people from the LGBTQ community feel the need to hide their true feelings openly. Before you watch that, let us look at some films which were careful in portraying the community without stereotyping the roles.
The 2015 film starring actors Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao revolves around a gay linguistic professor in a small, conservative town who must deal with the fallout from a sting operation that exposes his sexual orientation to the entire country. The film very carefully and delicately deals with how the taboo topic is presented and also received a lot of acclaim for it.
Kapoor & Sons
A family drama starring actors Sidharth Malhotra, late Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Alia Bhatt among many others. The film is about a family and their problems where they face problems as they get to know about the various secrets each person keeps from the family.
Margarita With A Straw
The drama film which was released in 2014 stars actresses Kalki Koechlin and Sayani Gupta in lead roles. It talks about a young woman with cerebral palsy who leaves her home in India to study in New York, embarks on a breathtaking journey of self-discovery, and falls in love with a woman.
In this 2008 film, Meghna (played by actress Priyanka Chopra) makes two friends on her journey to becoming a supermodel. Both, one a designer and the other a handsome and desired model. The film shows how one feels comfortable and is overt in his sexual preferences while the other feels that openly talking about his preferences would affect his image and possibly his career.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
The 2020 romance drama starring actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar revolves around the characters who're gay and in love. The two are a couple who have to face many problems and have to come out publicly against all odds when the family of one wants him to marry a girl.