Happy Pride! Not a lot out there for representation of Queerness in Indian film, but I will highlight what I can. Oh, and Veere Di Wedding! Still in theaters, and the best relationship in the film is between Kareena’s gay uncles.
Dostana, of course. Ignore the Three’s Company style premise, focus on Boman Irani, the American immigration agent, all the other positive Queer characters. And the generally Queer friendly environment. And that hot kiss.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. I like this movie anyway, but there is a very matter of fact treatment of a plot point that Priety’s male best friend has a crush on Bobby Deol.
Honeymoon Travels Private Lmtd. This one is depressingly realistic. The ending for our gay characters isn’t a big dramatic tragedy, but it isn’t exactly happy either.
Bombay Talkies. Watch it! Especially the first and the third sections. It will break your heart, but it is also really beautiful. And it’s on Netflix!
There’s also Fire, Dunno Y Jaane Q and various others of the lower budget variety. But for major mainstream Hindi representations, these are the first ones that come to mind.
If you are open to against the grain readings, slightly more options. Zanjeer (Pran and Amitabh) and Silsila (Shashi and Amitabh), of course. For the ladies, you can watch “Choli Ke Peeche” from Khalnayak and “Pardesi” from Raja Hindustani and try to figure out what the heck is going on between those two women. And, of course, anything with Saif and Akshay.
And then there’s “Yeh Dosti”, which has been used at various pride parades already, it is so perfect for an out and proud anthem.
There’s a new Malayalam movie featuring Jayasuriya that is being appreciated for dealing with the issues faced by the trans community :