2016 was a year when bollywood came out with progressive movies based on the lives of gay men. Bringing gay rights into mainstream and exploring homosexuality in a righteous way, it did justice to the gay community of India. Here are the five excellent hindi gay movies of 2016!
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar rao.
Directed by Hansal Mehta and written by openly gay film editor Apurva Asrani, ALIGARH revolves around life of professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position when some college boys intruded into his privacy and filmed him getting intimate with his lover. Later, professor Siras was found dead in his apartment.
The film had its world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival, receiving a standing ovation. The film was released worldwide on 26 February 2016 to excellent critical acclaim. Manoj Bajpayee won national award for the role of professor Siras.
2. DEAR DAD
Cast: Arvind Swamy as homosexual father. Himanshu Sharma as his son.
Directed by Tanuj Bhramar, Dear Dad is one of the most realistic Indian movies to have ever graced the screens.
After coming to terms with his sexuality, Nitin is getting a divorce from her wife. But his son Shivam is unaware of it. Hoping to break this news to him gently, Nitin decides to drive his son to his hostel. Nitin visits his parents on the way, where, much to our surprise, he reveals that he is actually not into women and is gay.
Shivam overhears this confession and becomes disgusted and really angry with his father. While Nitin feels that he is living a lie and must embrace his true self, Shivam feels that his father has cheated them all. As the story progresses, we find that the father and son enter into several fights and arguments. The rest of the story is about whether Shivam comes to accept his father for who he is.
It definitely inspired more people in India to come out of the closet and embrace their true nature.
Cast: Prashant narayanan and Avinash Dhyani, Directed and written by Rajesh Butalia
For the first time in India, Homosexuality played a great role in action thrillers.
The story begins with a 16-year-old boy Manav, who seems just like all the other boys, except that he shares an unusual bond with another boy of his age. This bond is strongly opposed by his father.
Manav witnesses his Dad killing his boyfriend. He has a violent reaction and ends up killing the father. Many years later, said boy helps out another young chap, a cop, in his investigation to crack a human trafficking gang, because said gang has the cop’s sister. Nobody knows who is the mastermind of the gang. However, people have heard his name it is Fredrick. The story takes a surprising and an unimaginable turn.
In Rohit Dhawan-directed film “Dishoom” Akshay Kumar is seen as a homosexual. He has a cameo appearance in the film. It is just a comedy scene, but the scene has a deep meaning. In our country, people think a homosexual is not a strong as a straight man. But Akshay Kumar as a gay man overpowers two straight men in the movie. Akshay kumar says about his role, “In our country we have athletes, who are gay men and we have shown homosexual is stronger than straight men.”
Director Rohit Dhawan also revealed that if the sequel of “Dishoom” comes up, he will rope in Akshay Kumar for the second part and with a bigger role this time.
5. KAPOOR AND SONS
Cast: Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Directed by Shakun Batra, Produced by Karan Johar
Last but not the least, the big hit of the year- Kapoor and sons.
Played by Fawad Khan, Rahul is a successful novelist in London and his brother Arjun is a bartender and an aspiring novelist in New Jersey.
Rahul has led the family to believe he’s been involved with a foreign woman while hiding his identity as a gay man. A key scene sees Rahul’s mother confront him about pictures she’s seen on his laptop, pictures that make clear his partner in London is a man.
When family discovers he’s gay, Rahul says, “I apologize for lying, but won’t apologize for who i am.”
Later, Rahul and his boyfriend are accepted in the family. The movie represents the situations that gay men in India are forced to face. Fawad did full justice to the role.