Though the portrayal of gay and lesbian characters have not been as bold as Hollywood in Hindi cinema, Bollywood too has touched upon the topic in its own way. Gay and lesbian characters have mostly been introduced in the film to bring in some 'comic punch'. However, the serious cinema has shown more maturity in handling gay and lesbian characters. In films like Dedh Ishqiya, My Brother Nikhil and Dunno Y.. Na Jaane Kyon to name a few, the characters have been dealt very sensibly.
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Abhishek Bachchan In Bol Bachchan
Bol Bachchan, directed by Rohit Shetty was inspired from Amol Palekar's Golmaal. The film had Abhishek Bachchan play a writer. Junior B was a gay character who taught music to Asin.
Madhuri, Huma In Dedh Ishqiya
There was a lesbian touch to Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi's character in Dedh Ishqiya. The subject was dealt in a very subtle and mature manner.
Dunno Y.. Na Jaane Kyon
Dunno Y.. Na Jaane Kyon (2010) premiered at the first gay film festival in 2010. The film became popular for the onscreen smooching by the two male protagonists.
Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das In Fire
Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das had to take a lot of flak for their roles as lesbians in Fire.
Isha Koppikar and Amrita Arora play the role of two lesbians in Girlfriend.
Though the film tried to sensitise the topic, it ened up making a joke of the subject.
Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.
In Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Vikram Chatwal confesses that he is gay after marriage during his honeymoon trip. Also, Karan Khanna, who is married to Amisha Patel shows interest in Vikram.
Shahana Goswami And Kareena Kapoor In Heroine
There is a lesbian lovemaking scene between Kareena Kapoor and Shahana Goswami in Heroine. Though, nothing explicit was shown onscreen, there were lot of questions asked about the lesbian characterisation.
Mango Souffle (2002) was publicised as the first gay film in India.
My Brother Nikhil
My Brother Nikhil was a story about a guy suffering from HIV coming to terms with the illness and the problems that he faces in the society. It also touches upon the homosexual part where the protagonist (Mohit Suri) is shown as a gay.
Ragini MMS 2
There are lesbian characters in Ragini MMS 2 as well.
Rishi Kappor In Student Of The Year
Rishi Kapoor is shown as a gay in Student Of The Year. Rishi's character has a strong liking towards Rohit Roy's character.
Samir Soni In Fashion
Samir Soni plays a gay designer in Fashion. He marries a girl to please his mother and to show to the world that he is not gay.