14 Queer Indian Cinema Romances to Watch this Valentine's Day

by imdb_india_editors | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month 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. 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: 3,244 | Gross: $1.18M

2. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

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: 2,734

3. 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: 330

4. 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: 1,952

5. 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, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal

Votes: 3,184

6. 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: Sukhesh Arora, Manoj Bajpayee, Balaji Gauri, Sumit Gulati

Votes: 5,101

7. Lust Stories (2018)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Four short films by four of India's biggest directors exploring love, sex and relationships in modern India.

Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani, Vicky Kaushal

Votes: 8,689

8. 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: 307

9. 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: Kaushik Banerjee, Dipankar Dey, Anjan Dutt, Rituparno Ghosh

Votes: 253

10. 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, Jishu Sengupta

Votes: 152

11. 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: 1,108

12. Kapoor & Sons (2016)

Not Rated | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, Rajat Kapoor

Votes: 21,143 | Gross: $2.61M

13. 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: 5,467 | Gross: $0.40M

14. 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, Mangesh Desai, Mrunmayi Deshpande

Votes: 159



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