IMDb’s top picks: Indian films & TV series with LGBTQIA+ Narratives

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To celebrate Pride month, IMDb spotlights a list of LGBTQIA movies and shows across Indian Cinema that break the mold and explore complex stories within the LGBTQIA+ community.


Update your watchlist with our picks available to stream online. IMDb Picks – LGBTQIA+ Stories in Indian Movie and Television – IMDb

Evening Shadows – IMDb rating: 7.1

Set in South India and Mumbai, ‘Evening Shadows’ is a tender heart-warming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance, and truths. A conservative woman faces many challenges when her beloved son tells her and her dogmatic husband that he is gay. (Available to stream on Netflix)

Margarita with a Straw – IMDb rating: 7.2

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 Son is Gay – IMDb rating: 7.7

Lakshmi discovers her son Varun is gay, the fact she could never accept, changes her whole life upside down. While Varun goes out and finds his love Karthik, his life isn’t as happy as in the past. There comes a day, Lakshmi decides to find her lost son, will they ever meet again? My Son is Gay, showcases the dark reality of acceptance prevailing in our society.

Aligarh – IMDb rating: 7.8

A gay, linguistic professor living in a small orthodox city must deal with the aftermath of a sting operation that puts his personal life in front of the entire nation. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video)

Fire – IMDb rating: 7.2

This movie is based on a short story by Ismat Chughtai. The romantic drama, starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das, tells the story of Two women who are abandoned by their husbands and the love and solace they find with each other.

Kapoor & Sons – IMDb rating: 7.7

A story revolving around a dysfunctional family of 2 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. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video)

Angry Indian Goddesses – IMDb rating: 7.0

A photographer invites her closest friends to vacation at her family’s home in Goa in celebration of her upcoming marriage. (Available to stream on Netflix)

Naanu Avanalla…Avalu – IMDb rating: 8.8

This Kannada feature film is based on the life of Living Smile Vidya. The film premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2015, and lead actor Sanchari Vijay earned a National Award for his moving performance.

Made in Heaven – IMDb rating: 8.3

It is the story of two wedding planners in Delhi, where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of big fat Indian weddings revealing many secrets and lies. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video)

My Brother…Nikhil – IMDb rating: 7.2

Starring Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri in lead roles, with Purab Kohli in a supporting role, the movie showcases the love and care offered to Sanjay Suri by his boyfriend and sister when he was diagnosed with HIV. (Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video)

You can tune into IMDb to discover more movies and TV-shows that honour the LGBTQIA+ community and its representation in the world of cinema.

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