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From Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan to A Fantastic Woman, binge-watch these queer films to celebrate Pride Month

Actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Manoj Bajpayee, Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer have portrayed important roles in the queer films.

  • Kanishka Dogra

Last Updated: 12.01 PM, Jun 06, 2022

From Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan to A Fantastic Woman, binge-watch these queer films to celebrate Pride Month

Portrayal of LGBTQ+ community in films has come a long way. Back in the day, a homosexual existence in the films was entertaining and solely utilised for comedic relief. But there are many films now that show the issues faced by the community, proving not only their relevance to the issue, but also by connecting with the spectator. It often achieves a benchmark by portraying queer culture aptly on the silver screen. Many actors too now are open to portraying queer roles in the films. In honour of Pride Month that is celebrated in the month of June, here are a few LGBTQ films ranging from comedy to dramas, classics to blockbuster smashes.

Here is a list of some movies that can be viewed on the OTT platform.

Rebel Dykes
Rebel Dykes is a full-length documentary, made by Sian Williams and Harri Shanahana that portrays how punk crosses feminism in this wild documentary, the eruption of unseen events in the life of a group of lesbians inside the hysterical London of the 1980s. The film was a smash hit and was named the year's biggest hit. The documentary was well-received by both the audience and the critics.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
Hitesh Kewalya directs and writes Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, a 2020 Hindi language film. The cast includes Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, and several others. The storyline of the film follows a young man from a traditional middle-class household in Allahabad who falls in love with an openly homosexual man. The film did well commerically at the box office. It marked the Bollywood debut of Jitendra Kumar.
A Fantastic Woman
The 2017 Spanish drama A Fantastic Woman is directed by Sebastian Lelio. It is about a transgender woman who works as a waitress and sings at a nightclub. She gets romantically involved with an older man and moves in with him but he dies an unexpected death. Things take a turn in her life. The film also depicts the difficulties that a transgender woman undergoes. Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, and many others are among the cast members.
Todd Haynes directed Carol, a 2015 romantic drama period film. The film portrays a hidden relationship between a young female photographer and an elderly woman going through a difficult divorce. Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Kyle Chandler feature in the movie. The film was a huge success, and all of the actors' performances were praised. The film bagged several awards and nominations.
Hansal Mehta directed Aligarh, Hindi biographical film. The film is based on Ramchandra Siras' actual story. The film tells his tale when a local TV station forced their way into his home and filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller. It also shows how his entire life changed after the incident. Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, and Ashish Vidyarthi star in this film. The picture performed well at the box office and was highly praised by both audiences and critics alike.
Call Me by Your Name
Luca Guadagnino directed the 2017 coming-of-age romantic film Call me by your name. The film is set in Northern Italy in 1983 and follows a teenage boy who falls in love with a 24-year-old boy. The picture was highly welcomed by both the audience and the reviewers. The film received four Oscar nominations. Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stewart Stuhlbarg, and others feature in the film.