Trinetra Haldar, Aishwarya Ayushmaan, Daniella Mendonca, Aneez Saikia, Sanam Choudhary, Soham Sengupta, Suresh Ramdas, and Sadam Hanjabam will feature in the unscripted series.
Prime Video has introduced Rainbow Rishta, an unscripted documentary series that chronicles six uplifting and wonderful queer love stories through the eyes of select members of the LGBTQIA+ community. On November 7, Rainbow Rishta will premiere on Netflix in India and in over 240 other countries and territories across the world.
Prime Video's collaboration and series details
While making the announcement, Prime Video shared the official poster for Rainbow Rishta and captioned it on Instagram as "love is brave, fearless, bright, and everything we are! #RainbowRishtaOnPrime, Nov 7."
Check out the announcement below:
Prime Video's second project with VICE Studios Production, Rainbow Rishta, follows the success of Cinema Marte Dum Tak, a modern cult favourite based on pulp cinema of the 1990s. Jaydeep Sarkar helms the six-part documentary series, with assistance from story directors Hridaye A. Nagpal and Shubhra Chatterji. The series will provide an unprecedented, candid, and unfiltered look into the lives of those who identify as LGBTQIA+. True stories from Trinetra Haldar, Aishwarya Ayushmaan, Daniella Mendonca, Aneez Saikia, Sanam Choudhary, Soham Sengupta, Suresh Ramdas, and Sadam Hanjabam will be included in the unscripted series.
Representation in cinema and insights from Trinetra Haldar
Earlier, during an interaction with India Today, Trinetra spoke about the representation of transgender people in celluloid. She stated that she believed things were steadily improving. The depictions in Paatal Lok are particularly stunning. Furthermore, the actor believes that a growing awareness is being fostered among individuals all around the world. Eddie Redmayne has addressed the criticisms of his performance in The Danish Girl, suggesting that it was an error. As for Arjun (Mathur), who portrays a gay man in Made in Heaven, he has actually spoken with him. He has also expressed hope for a future in which more openly gay and queer actors portray gay and queer characters. Since this community has been underrepresented, cis performers are beginning to recognise that; maybe they need to take a little bit of a step back.
Trinetra went on to say that with the success of Pakistan's Oscar submission, Joyland, Indian filmmakers and production houses are witnessing the same kind of worldwide exposure when it comes to South Asian discourse on queerness. Indian filmmakers are coming around to the idea that they want to take part in telling genuine stories, she believes, so it's great to hear. She added that it's apparent that Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti feel the same about Meher, her character. Trinetra really does hope this trend will accelerate, and the response from the industry to this casting has her feeling very positive. In her opinion, the best is yet to come.