starring Ridhi Dogra and Monica Dogra, premiered on ZEE5 on 8 March. The show, , revolves around the life of Astha, a married woman, who finds herself feeling bound in her simple married life, and finds freedom and comfort in the arms of another woman. With the show celebrating the beauty of homosexual relationships, here are 7 other films and shows on ZEE5 that revolve around same-sex/ LGBTQ relationships.
Aligarh, directed by Hansal Mehta, is probably the most critically acclaimed film that features the subject of homosexuality and the lack of acceptance of it. Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, the film is based on true incidents. It revolves around the life of Ramchandra Siras, a professor of the Aligarh Muslim University, who had gotten suspended from the institute for his sexual orientation. Manoj Bajpayee won the Filmfare award and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Actor for his performance in this film.
My Brother… Nikhil
Starring Sanjay Suri, Purab Kohli, and Juhi Chawla, My Brother Nikhil is one of the earliest films of the Hindi film industry to talk about the subject of same-sex relationships. The film is directed by Onir, who is one of the few openly gay directors in the industry. It revolves around the story of Nikhil (Sanjay Suri), who is a swimming champion but is suspended from his team after being diagnosed as HIV positive. In times of crisis, his only support is his sister, Anamika and his friend Nigel.
377 Ab Normal
Directed by Faruk Kabir, 377 Ab Normal is a film that revolves around the life of five people, who file a petition against Article 377 of the Indian Constitution. The article that regarded homosexual relationships as illegal, was annulled by the Supreme Court in September 2020. The film, 377 Ab Normal, stars Sid Makkar, Maanvi Gagroo, Tanvi Azmi, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Kumud Mishra, and Shashank Arora in prominent roles.
Dev DD 2
Dev DD 2 revolves around the life of Devika Dharam Dwivedi, as she deals with her heartbreaks and also fights society for her friends. Her best friend, Chandni, is in a romantic relationship with another girl, Radha. Their relationship is subjected to constant discriminatory and homophobic remarks from society, which the couple, with Devika’s support, fight against, and set an example for. The show is directed by Harsh Dedhia.
Arranged Marriage – Forbidden Love
Forbidden Love is an anthology of four short films, one of which is Arranged Marriage, directed by Pradeep Sarkar. Starring Ali Fazal, Omkar Kapoor, and Patralekha, the film is about Neel (Omkar Kapoor), who is in a romantic relationship with Dev (Ali Fazal). But being unable to come out of the closet, he is forced to marry Dev’s sister, Keya (Patralekha), who is extremely homophobic, and thinks that she can ‘heal’ her husband from it.
Mushk is a play, starring Nimra Bucha and Sania Saeed, and directed by Kanwal Khoosat. The plot of Mushk revolves around Zoay (Sania Saeed), a journalist, who is going to interview an author, Sophiya (Nimra Bucha). While talking in the interview, the two realise that they share a similar feeling about love and their outlook on it.
Akoori is a show, starring Darshan Jariwala, Lillete Dubey, Shadab Kamal, Zoa Morani, Sohrab Sunny, Adi Irani, and Harsh Nagar. The show revolves around the story of a dysfunctional Parsi family, that comes together in times of crisis. All the people in the family have an issue that they find hard to deal with when talking to each other. While the daughter of the family is stuck in an unhappy marriage, the son has come out of his closet to the family.