Mumbai, April 7, 2021 (IANS): Same-sex love stories with male protagonists, although rare, have still been explored on the Hindi screen, but lesbianism is relatively rarer. The rise of OTT culture has created a platform to explore a variety of subjects.
Lesbianism on OTT platforms
Lesbianism, a taboo word in India, is finding space, too, over the recent past.
Moving away from formula-driven content, the digital space has been intrepid in narrating stories where a woman would express love to another woman uninhibitedly.
There are quite a few projects that have come up spotlighting lesbian love. IANS lists some of these:
The upcoming anthology is all about love and longing. However, one story featuring actresses Konkona Sen Sharma and Aditi Rao Hydari explores a relationship between two women.
Titled Geeli Pucchi and directed by Masaan maker Neeraj Ghaywan, the story revolves around two women who long for an emotional connect and end up finding it in one another.
The show, starring Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand, touches upon themes of ambition, desire, struggle for power and vulnerability through the stories of five modern Indian women in Mumbai. When it dropped, a sensual kissing scene between Plabita and co-actress Sanghmitra Hitaishi created quite a stir.
The Married Woman
The web series is about a relationship two women develop, and the circumstances that lead to it.
The show stars Monica Dogra and Riddhi Dogra, and is based on author Manju Kapur’s bestseller novel of the same name.
Four More Shots Please!
The show isn’t just about lesbian relationships but one of the lead characters, played by Bani J, is bisexual.
Soon, the story shifts to Bani’s character falling in love with Lisa Ray’s character and the story revolves around their relationship.
Lesbianism in regional web series
The regional content is not very far behind as well. Lesbiasm and portrayal of same-sex relationships is a point of discussion there too.
The Bengali web series Hello! starring Raima Sen, Joy Sengupta and Priyanka Sarkar, is based on a one-sided same-sex love and Priyanka tries out different ways to win over her lady-love. The third season of Hello!, aired on Hoichoi is all set to release.
The story Love Panna Uttranum in Netflix’s Paava Kadhaigal, Kalki Koechlin fakes to be a lesbian to save her friend Anjali from having her feudal father, who tried to kill the latter, thinking that she might have had a relationship with a boy from the lower caste.