14 Indian Films Celebrating Queer Romance to Watch this Valentine’s Day

13 . Feb . 2020
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This Valentine’s Day, IMDb celebrates love in all the colours of the rainbow, showcasing some of Indian Cinema’s most diverse and heartwarming love stories. These moves celebrate LGBTQI+ narratives and celebrate the broad spectrums of love.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan (Yet to release)

Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Manu Rishi Chadha, Maanvi Gagroo, Sunita Rajwar, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Jitendra Kumar in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

This unique love story is based on the lives of two gay men is set to launch on 21st February. The audience can enjoy an extended Valentine’s Day with this most awaited film.

Aligarh (2015)

Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao in Aligarh (2015)

A gay, linguistics professor living in a small orthodox city must deal with the aftermath of a sting operation that puts his sexual orientation in front of the entire nation.

Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Rajat Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan, and Sidharth Malhotra in Kapoor & Sons (2016)

A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of two brothers who visit their family and discover that their parents’ marriage is on the verge of collapse, the family is undergoing a financial crunch and much more as the drama unfolds.

Evening Shadows (2018)

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Mona Ambegaonkar, and Devansh Doshi in Evening Shadows (2018)

Under the ‘Evening Shadows’, truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, ‘Evening Shadows’ is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths.

Margarita With A Straw

Kalki Koechlin in Margarita with a Straw (2014)

A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

My Brother… Nikhil (2005)

My Brother... Nikhil (2005)

Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Fire (1996)

Fire (1996)

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Sancharram (2004)

Sancharram (2004)

In Sancharram (“The Journey”), Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah, in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.

Aarekti Premer Golpo (2010)

Aarekti Premer Golpo (2010)

The film is explores the relationship between Abhiroop Sen, a Delhi-based transgender documentary filmmaker, whose bisexual lover is the cinematographer of their film.

Lust Stories (2018)

Manisha Koirala, Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, and Kiara Advani in Lust Stories (2018)

Four short films by four of India’s biggest directors exploring love, sex and relationships in modern India.

Chitrangada (2012)

Chitrangada (2012)

Chitraganda: The Crowning Wish, is a lusciously lit and deeply personal drama about a choreographer considering a gender-reassignment surgery. The film also explores insights into how gender expression can affect families.

Bioscope(2015)

Bioscope is a collection of four different stories. All four stories are directed by four different directors in Marathi film industry. In Ravi Jadhav’s short story ‘Mitraa,’ set before India’s Independence, A boy is in love with a girl until he discovers that she is in love with another woman.

Loev (2015)

Shiv Panditt and Dhruv Ganesh in Loev (2015)

A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her conservative and traditional family.