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Pride month remains a memorable month as it is celebrated every year in the month of June to honor the LGBTQ+ Community, and that has invoked a sense of relief and pride all across the country. With the call for diverse media representation growing louder than ever, we bring movies that feature LGBTQ+ stories and characters getting some spotlight.

Every year, Pride month is celebrated with lots of zeal and enthusiasm and many members of the LGBTQ+ community take to the streets to celebrate their freedom of love.

As we celebrate Pride 2022 this month, here’s a list of films – Ek Ladki ko Dekha, Aligarh, Bombay Talkies, and My brother.. Nikhil that you can binge on OTT platforms. The movies have not only left an impact but portrayed and showed the public their real, human side, not just as characters to make fun of or humiliate in a film.

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Celebrating the motto of – All for love and love for all.

Ek Ladki ko Dekha

This movie is named after one of Anil Kapoor’s most popular songs, and it means something that a celebrated movie star is attaching himself to this movie so strongly. Watching him talk about acceptance and that love is love was so powerful for me. Initially, in the movies, Balbir struggles with Sweety coming out, but he reckons with the ways he didn’t hear her and how she’s still his daughter even if he can’t understand her.

It is populated by colorful supporting characters, so the movie is pleasant and lively. Rajkummar Rao plays a perfect ally, Sonam Kapoor’s performance as Sweety is mostly soft and quiet, and she captures the interiority of someone who can’t quite break free. Ek Ladki was a modest hit. Ek Ladki is beautifully, refreshingly, uplifting, and light.

My brother.. Nikhil

At a time when homosexuality was rarely mentioned in Bollywood films and same-sex relationships were not a part of the mainstream narrative, Sanjay Suri and Purab Kohli dared to take on the film My Brother…Nikhil. The 2005-film which portrayed the story of two gay men also touched upon the subject of AIDS. The movie mention putting the spotlight on same-sex relationships.

It was one of the first films to focus on the taboos surrounding AIDS and was one of the first to include a gay man’s love story. The film’s director stated that the story is based on true historical events and that the standard disclaimer about fictitious content was simply a compromise with the Indian government in order to get the film made.

Aligarh

Aligarh is inspired by the life of late Dr. Srinivas Ramchandra Siras, played by Manoj Bajpayee in the film, a professor at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. The movie talks about the homophobia that lies within the four walls of the society which deeply affects the lives of individuals who belong to the LGBTQ+ community.

The film is based on the true story where of professor Ramchandra Siras, who has been expelled from the university after having consensual sex with a rickshaw driver. The film looks down on what gay means for society.

Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies starring Rani Mukherjee. Rani is unknowingly married to a gay man. She has a loveless marriage and blames herself for not being “good enough” as her husband has no interest in her. They live as roommates, not as husband and wife. 

When homosexual individuals feel compelled to conceal their sexual orientation through the disguise of heterosexual relationships. It causes an empty marriage and extreme depression in both parties involved. Dishonesty about sexuality comes out of fear of rejection from society. If homosexuals were empowered to come out, then these mishap marriages wouldn’t exist ruining two lives.

There’s always hope for Indian cinema if it’s done right, and these films prove it. I hope you have a good time watching the movies and sharing your precious reviews.