01/8From ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ to ‘Dostana’: When Bollywood broke stereotypes and showed homosexuality in a positive light

For the longest time, Bollywood has shied away from talking about the LGBTQ community on the silver screen. Most of the 80s films stereotyped them and showed them in a bad light. Now, that homosexuality has been decriminalised in India, people have started being normal about the whole thing.

The LGBTQ community has especially created a hush in the past few years. And Bollywood too has found decent and positive ways of portraying the community in mainstream films. Here we give you a rundown of Bollywood films that have attempted to break stereotypes and show homosexuality in a positive light.


02/8‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’

After bringing up topics like ‘Sperm donation’ and ‘Erectile Dysfunction’ on the table to discuss through his films, Ayushmann Khurrana is all set to play a homosexual in ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’.

The movie is the love story of a gay couple played by Ayushmann and Jitendra Kumar along with a healthy dose of laughter. The trailer of the movie has already garnered positive reviews from the audience and critics alike.


03/8‘Kapoor & Sons’

Initially, the plot of the film looked like a love triangle with Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt. However, later it turns out that the character played by Fawad Khan is gay and everything falls into place.

The movie without stereotyping the behaviour and presentation portrayed the subtle truth of his life which is simply commendable. The film also starred Rishi Kapoor and Ratna Pathak in key roles.



‘Dostana’ was the first mainstream film that had dared to explore the concept of homosexuality. However, the film focussed on the comical aspect of things, where two straight men, John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan posing as gay lovers to get a room in Priyanka Chopra’s apartment.

This is undoubtedly one of the most popular LGBTQ Bollywood movies. It starred Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham and Bobby Deol in eminent roles.



This 2016 biopic starring classic actor Manoj Bajpayee in the titular role of a professor received a positive response from the audiences and critics alike.

The Hansal Mehta directorial is a biopic of a gay Indian professor who died under mysterious circumstances after being suspended from the Aligarh Muslim University for his homosexuality.

The film was praised for its fine performances but is even more significant for its focus on the prejudices towards gay people in India as well as the larger debate on the criminalisation of homosexuality in the country’s law.


06/8‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who is one actress in Bollywood who wears her heart on her sleeve, is quite experimental when it comes to her films. Despite being one of the top actresses, the actress did not shy away from playing a lesbian in ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’.

Sonam kept the same-sex romance a secret in the run-up to its release. She was not only appreciated the mature manner in which the subject matter was handled but also praised their performance in the film. It also starred Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla and Regina Cassandra in key roles.


07/8‘My Brother Nikhil’

‘My Brother Nikhil’ is one of the early Indian films based on homophobia. This movie starred Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri in lead roles, with Purab Kohli in a supporting role.

Along with being gay, Nikhil (played by Sanjay Suri) is diagnosed with HIV and the movie showcases the love and cares offered to him by his sister and boyfriend.


08/8‘Margarita With A Straw’

Kalki Koechlin never fails to surprise you with her choices of films and brilliant performances. She impressed one and all when she played the role of a girl who suffers from cerebral palsy in ‘Margarita with a Straw’. The movie showcases how she becomes aware of her sexual orientation and her mother’s disapproval of it at the same time.

The twist and turns in the film keep the audience hooked and has a surprisingly calm end.