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Frames per Second: Can queer romantic comedies boost India's gay culture?

A new subgenre has emerged in Hindi cinema and has received flowers and brickbats

Hindi cinema | Homosexuality | gay rights

Uttaran Das Gupta 

Frames per Second: Can queer romantic comedies boost India's gay culture?
‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ was called out for casting Vaani Kapoor (right), who has previously played only cis-het women, in the role of a transwoman.

A new subgenre has emerged in Hindi cinema—the Queer romantic comedy. At the moment, it is a slow trickle, with one or two films a year. It began with ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ (2019), followed by ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ (2020), and then last year’s ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ (2021). The release of the trailer ‘Badhai Do’, starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar, earlier this week confirms that a new genre is in town. And the success that some of these films have tasted at the box office means they will be more.



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First Published: Sun, January 30 2022. 09:00 IST