“I want a LGBT film that has well  rounded characters” 

“I want a LGBT film that has an interesting story”

“I want a LGBT film that has good subtext”

“I want a LGBT film that has a happy ending”

“I want a great LGBT film”

Watch.

The. 

Handmaiden.

bollywood lgbq movies

i know there are really few which really sucks but here are the good ones!!

note: unfortunately, in a lot of these, the character’s sexuality is a ~plot twist reveal~ so, spoilers ahead i guess

wlw:

  • fire (1996)
  • sancharram (2004)
  • girlfriend (2004) [offensive]
  • men not allowed (2006) [offensive]
  • 3 kanya (2012) 
  • margarita with a straw (2014)
  • dedh ishqiya (2014)
  • angry indian goddesses (2015)
  • unfreedom (2015)

mlm:

  • mango souffle (2002)
  • my brother nikhil (2005)
  • honeymoon travels pvt. ltd. (2007) 
  • i am (2011) 
  • bombay talkies (2013)
  • aligarh (2015)
  • kapoor and sons (2016)

wlw movies with south asian leads:

  • chutney popcorn (1999)
  • nina’s heavenly delights (2006)
  • the world unseen (2007)
  • i can’t think straight (2008)

movies with minor mlm characters:

  • page 3 (2005)
  • life in a metro (2007)
  • fashion (2008)
  • student of the year (2012) [offensive]
  • humpty sharma ki dulhania (2014)
  • shandaar (2015)

movies with wlw subtext:

  • mandi (1983)
  • razia sultan (1983)
  • monica (2011)
  • shaitaan (2011)
  • heroine (2012)

webseries:

  • confessions- its complicated
  • all about section 377 [offensive]
  • the ‘other’ love story

a lot of these are mainstream and come on tv all the time, but i know some are pretty inaccessible so i suggest you either 

  1. torrent them
  2. buy roadside dvds or order dvds online (especially during diwali/new year sales when they’re like 50-70% off)
  3. watch online, some are definitely available

i’ve seen most of these so if you want trigger warnings, or want to know which have happy endings, or can’t find any, feel free to message me!

happy watching :D