We often blame Bollywood for having a great deal of influence on the mindsets of the people who eat and sleep Hindi films. But sometimes, certain characters leave a lingering effect in the minds of movie buffs. Like the Bollywood gay character played by Abhishek Bachchan in ‘Dostana’, the Bollywood industry started focusing on some real-life issues and taboos.
Homosexuality is a topic that not only sparks murmurs in the Indian society but considered controversial across the globe. Therefore, Bollywood touching this subject means making the society a little less homophobic. Many characters showcased in Bollywood movies have debugged several myths surrounding gay men. Here’s a compilation of 10 such gay characters which we saw in Hindi cinema.
1. Fawad Khan – Kapoor and Sons (2016)
Always believed that gays are usually feminine? Not always. This was proved by Fawad Khan’s character in Kapoor and Sons. Rahul Kumar aka Fawad is one Bollywood gay character which shed this wrong perspective.
Not only that, Fawad Khan’s gay character shows that gay people aren’t always hitting on every male they are attracted to.
2. Manoj Bajpayee – Aligarh (2016)
Prof. Ramchandra Siras aka Manoj Bajpayee is the Bollywood gay character which showed the plights of homosexuals. Prof. Siras – who committed suicide after his gay video went viral – was the inspiration behind this character.
Manoj’s character also shed the light on how lives of gays become difficult due to the hypocrisy of the society.
3. Rahul Bose – I Am (2010)
Omar aka Rahul Bose teaches us how gays are severely exploited by the society. This anthology film revolved around homosexuality and how Rahul’s character meets another gay man and their onward journey.
I Am shows how the Indian society treats gay men and how often people can take advantage of their sexuality.
4. Shiv Pandit and Dhruv Ganesh – Loev (2017)
Shiv Pandit aka Jai and Dhruv Ganesh aka Saahil gave a whole new perspective – that gays also deal with issues like jealousy or insecurity. They portrayed varied emotions which gay men go through in everyday life.
The 2017 movie – touted as India’s first ever full-fledged film based on homosexuality – opened the nation’s eyes on gay men and their suppressed feelings.
5. Randeep Hooda and Avinash – Bombay Talkies (2013)
This film taught us that families who force gays to marry women, only make their life worse. Dev aka Randeep Hooda and Avinash aka Saqib Saleem play the two gays in the movie.
In Bombay Talkies, Randeep is married to Rani Mukherjee but obviously, nothing goes smoothly. This film, however, taught that supporting wives can also help gay men come out of the closet.
6. Samir Soni – Fashion (2008)
This Bollywood gay character showed how people are forced to get married under pressure from peers and family. Samir Soni played Rahul Arora, a gay fashion designer in the film.
Model-turned-actor Samir Soni’s complex performance saw his gay character married off to a woman. Madhur Bhandarkar’s film emphasized on the fact that it’s not easy for gays to embrace their sexuality.
7. Sanjay Suri and Purab Kohli – My Brother…Nikhil (2005)
The two gay characters played by Nikhil Kapoor aka Sanjay Suri and Nigel aka Purab Kohli taught us that gay relationships are like anyone else’s. This film shed light on this ‘taboo’ subject.
In the movie, Nihkil (Sanjay Suri), a swimming champion is diagnosed with HIV, and only left with two consoling hands – his sister and lover Nigel (Purab Kohli).