LGBTQ Tales Find New Life on OTT

When Ayushmaan Khurrana kissed Jitender Kumar in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, it wasn't anymore an eye-opener for mainstream Bollywood viewers. The audience had learnt to embrace same-gender love stories in films and web series with open arms.

More than our films, however, the emerging medium of OTT has effectively addressed the elephant in the room, providing a secure platform to LGBTQ community stories. For decades, the community has been represented in a farcical way in commercial cinema. With time, content creators have now learnt to give same-sex stories mainstream importance.

The audience is curious to know about the lives of the Trans community. Hence, we will get to see an array of content on LGBTQ community on mainstream viewing mediums.

Films that dealt with LGBTQ stories include Kapoor & Sons, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Bombay Talkies, My Brother Nikhil, Aligarh, Margarita With A Straw, I Am and Loev. However, there is more coming up on OTT. Stories to look forward to are Four More Shots Please season 2 and Made In Heaven 2 besides other untitled web series that are in the pipeline.

Here are some on-screen same-gender movies and shows that have left an impact on the viewers in the digital space in the past.

Directed by Sahir Raza and based on Manju Kapur's book A Married Woman, this ALT Balaji series is about two women—Astha (Ridhi Dogra) and Peeplika (Monica Dogra) who discover that love happens when you least expect it.

Directed by Nupur Asthana, ALT Balaji's original is set in a fictional Indian hill station called Colwynganj. The story is about a boy next door, Jugal (Manraj Singh) who falls in love with his new, hunky neighbour Romil (Rajeev Siddhartha). Their love faces many obstacles, including the homophobic residents of the Colywynganj, disapproving parents, and Romil's internalised homophobia.

Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, this Amazon Prime series weaves two parallel stories -- involving the gay Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur) and lesbian Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) in multiple stories.

Directed by Anu Menon and Nupur Asthana, this Amazon Prime original is an ode to friendship and sisterhood, and also highlights a fairytale romance between two women, Umang Singh (Bani J) and the Bollywood superstar Samara Kapoor (Lisa Ray).

Directed by Roopa Rao, this YouTube film set in the ‘90s features two girls, Aadya (Spoorthi Gumaste) and Aanchal (Shweta Gupta), who start off a tentative friendship that leads to a secret romance.

Directed by Prashant Bhagi, an ALT Balaji and ZEE5 original, the film is about Kunal (Satyadeep Mishra), Sakshi (Priyamani) and his lover Preet (Mrinal Dutt) and the social issue of acceptance of homosexuals by society and family.

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Produced by Vikram Bhatt, the series talked about lesbian relationships. It's the story of two girls—Ruhi (Leena Jumani) and Simmi (Priyal Gor)—both of who have contrasting attributes.

Directed by Faruk Kabir, Zee5's original show is inspired by true events, narrating the journey of five petitioners who challenged Section 377 that marked the beginning of a new era of equality. It stars Sid Makkar, Maanvi Gagroo, Tanvi Azmi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, and Kumud Mishra.       - IANS