17 Queer Indian Cinema Romances to Watch This Valentine's Day

by imdb_india_editors | created - 05 Feb 2020 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

This Valentine’s Day, IMDb celebrates love in all the colours of the rainbow, showcasing some of Indian Cinema’s most diverse and heartwarming love stories. These movies celebrate LGBTQI+ narratives.

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1. Sisak (2017)

16 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Set in the fast-paced environs of the bustling Mumbai local trains, Sisak details a wordless romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.

Director: Faraz Arif Ansari | Stars: Jitin Gulati, Dhruv Singhal

Votes: 181

2. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her conservative and traditional family.

Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar | Stars: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla

Votes: 4,000 | Gross: $1.18M

3. Sheer Qorma (2021)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Drama

Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family told through courageous, queer women choose to embrace love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

Director: Faraz Arif Ansari | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Swara Bhaskar, Divya Dutta, Jitin Gulati

Votes: 382

4. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Romance

The road to achieving a happy ending is a little too rough for two guys Kartik and Aman. While Aman's family tries hard to battle his love for Kartik, Kartik isn't prepared to step back until he marries Aman.

Director: Hitesh Kewalya | Stars: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta

Votes: 8,381

5. Paava Kadhaigal (2020– )

36 min | Drama

At times dark, at times disturbing, four short films explore stories of those who dare to dream and desire - and those determined to stand in their way.

Stars: Anjali, Kalidas Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Simran

Votes: 5,451

6. Evening Shadows (2018)

102 min | Drama

Under the 'Evening Shadows', truth often plays hide and seek. Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths.

Director: Sridhar Rangayan | Stars: Mona Ambegaonkar, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, Devansh Doshi, Arpit Chaudhary

Votes: 481

7. Loev (2015)

92 min | Drama, Romance

A weekend trip between friends takes a sudden turn, making them each question what love is and what it means to them.

Director: Sudhanshu Saria | Stars: Dhruv Ganesh, Siddharth Menon, Shiv Panditt, Dixit

Votes: 2,489

8. Margarita with a Straw (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

63 Metascore

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.

Directors: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Revathi, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 3,607

9. Aligarh (2015)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama

A gay, linguistic professor living in a small orthodox city must deal with the aftermath of a sting operation that puts his sexual orientation in front of the entire nation.

Director: Hansal Mehta | Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, Balaji Gauri

Votes: 6,536

10. The Journey (2004)

107 min | Drama, Romance

In Sancharram ("The Journey"), Kiran is mortified by her growing lesbian desire for the effervescent Delilah, in an idyllic Indian village where arranged marriage is the only acceptable form of coupling.

Director: Ligy J. Pullappally | Stars: Suhasini V. Nair, Shrruiti Menon, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Valsala Menon

Votes: 336

11. Chitrangada (2012)

135 min | Drama

Chitraganda: The Crowning Wish, is a lusciously lit and deeply personal drama about a choreographer considering a gender-reassignment surgery. The film also explores insights into how gender expression can affect families.

Director: Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Rituparno Ghosh, Jisshu Sengupta, Kaushik Banerjee, Dipankar Dey

Votes: 340

12. Just Another Love Story (2010)

128 min | Drama

The movie is about a Delhi base trans gender documentary filmmaker Abhiroop Sen and his bisexual lover cinematographer. They wanted to make a documentary on the life of famous "Jatra" actor... See full summary »

Directors: Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh | Stars: Rituparno Ghosh, Chapal Bhaduri, Indraneil Sengupta, Jisshu Sengupta

Votes: 187

13. My Brother... Nikhil (2005)

120 min | Drama, Sport

Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Director: Onir | Stars: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Purab Kohli, Victor Banerjee

Votes: 1,205

14. Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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.

Director: Shakun Batra | Stars: Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Fawad Khan

Votes: 24,271 | Gross: $2.61M

15. Fire (1996)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two women who are abandoned by their husbands, find love and solace in each other.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Karishma Jhalani, Ramanjeet Kaur

Votes: 5,834 | Gross: $0.40M

16. Bioscope (2015)

120 min | Drama

Synopsis : Bioscope is an interesting projects where four different directors have teamed up to make a single film. The film has four independent stories woven around four poems and stories... See full summary »

Directors: Gajendra Ahire, Viju Mane, Girish Mohite | Stars: Mangesh Desai, Kushal Badrike, Suhas Bhalekar, Mangesh Desai

Votes: 175

17. Bombay Talkies (2013)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama

One hundred years of Hindi cinema is celebrated in four short stories showcasing the power of film.

Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Votes: 5,178



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