Pride Month, if nothing else, gives us an excuse and a boost to dive deep into the LGBTQ genre, just as a retrospective for filmmakers gives people an excuse to delve into their films. This opens up discussions about what “Queer Cinema” means – Is it just making stories, but with strange characters? What is the unique joy, anxiety and sexual intrigue of strange characters in the story?

Queer storytelling in India today is in a completely different place than it was 10 years ago. Many of them are related to the current revolution. Amazon Prime Video’s Most Wanted Shows Made in heaven and Four more shots, please. deal with homosexuality first. Netflix Sacred games put the trance representation on the volatile trade front. This year ALT Balaji came out with two big shows – His Storyy work with a married man who decides to leave late in his marriage, and The married woman, where after 1992, the politically accomplished Delhi gave the housewife’s longings for a woman an additional cover of tension.

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While many of the often highlighted weird movies are headlines and advertised in the commercial network of stars, such as Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan on Amazon Prime Video and Ек Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga on Netflix or Aligarch on Zee5, or even very discredited Lakshmi on Disney + Hotstar, a lot is also slipping under the cultural radar.

This watch list is an attempt to look at a mixed bag of movies and shows that have really received strange joy, strange sex, strange pain.

Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Streaming platform: MUBI (for June 2021)

The film begins with a satisfying 20-minute scene in a gay sex club, but under the educational direction of Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martino, the emotional tide of the film takes over and it becomes a gut-wrenching story of urban loneliness, longing, love, lust and disease. In the shadow of the AIDS epidemic, desire and illness have had an unpleasant relationship with each other, and this film shakes that tension with erotic extravagance.

Chupan Chupai (hiding place)

Streaming platform: MUBI

The documentary by Saadat Munir and Saad Khan follows a set of strange characters – trans women (called khwaja-sara, cultural identity, not just sexual or gender), gay men and bars struggling to make ends meet. in modern Pakistan. Tragic circumstances come to the fore instead of the relentless joy that these characters experience and affirm. At one point, one of the boys talks about how he was raped by his uncle, and then laughs at the camera, noting how his uncle is actually behind them, spying on them and looking at them cautiously. It reminded me of something that Academician Brian Horton told me as he described his thesis, derived from strange joy, “What do strange people do when they’re not suffering?”

Please like me

Streaming platform: Netflix

Josh Thomas’ comedy drama, strong for 4 seasons, shares trauma and vulnerability with humor that is not reductive, mocking or gratuitous. Josh, the protagonist, is gay, and his various sexual escapades in fast-paced sex applications or longings after him falsify a story that doesn’t necessarily follow him, but his world. In the first episode, he kisses a boy for the first time (notes, “I think I’m going to miss vaginas,” with his sharp Australian nose.) He also realizes that his mother has tried to commit suicide. The show is cobbled in this bitter sway.

Bulbul can sing

Streaming platform: Netflix

There comes a time when you grow from the innocence of childhood to the tension of adolescence, when suddenly the desire is felt and discussed with urgent density. Sexuality, sexual norms, sexual expectations are calcified with unbearable firmness. Bulbul can sing, Track the auction of Rima Das and roots Village Rockstars he continues to follow the three friends – two girls, one boy – until they enter themselves, cut by the eyes of society, built by the tender shoulders of friends and lovers.

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Grandfather Ishkiya

Streaming platform: Amazon Prime Video

Abhishek Chaubei’s baroque masterpiece is not strange at first glance. Situated around the mushairs, where love, mostly erexotic, is expressed in perfumed prose, the film presents its intentions in a different way. Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi play women who caress the passions of Baban (Arshad Varsi) and Haludjan (Naseerudin Shah). But the story turns women’s communication into something so deep, so subtly strange, that all that seemed missing was the big kiss to seal the story.


Streaming platform: Netflix

Sudhanshu Saria’s film, which is horrible without the accompanying melodrama, attracts and attracts, and pushes it to the most logical, crude extreme. Next are two childhood friends, played by the late Drew Ganesh and Shiv Pandit, who set off on a weekend trip to the Ghats, where the sensations boil until the complex relationship snaps. Beneath the drama lies the subtle attraction of a simple gay relationship that opens the film – resentment, kindness, boredom and affection, which intensify love.

Circus of books

Streaming platform: Netflix

This documentary follows the two elderly owners of the Book Circus, a bookstore and gay pornography store in West Hollywood, California. The owners’ daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, musician and director, directed and produced this loving documentary about how a conservative Jewish couple, Mason’s parents, created a safe space for travel and community. (One of the owners notes, “This man here, Handjobs magazine, just stopped coming out. He is now involved in organic chicken farming. “) It’s also an elegy to the time, replaced by Grindr’s sharp sound announcements, cut out of sex, the overall quality. The bookstore closed in 2019.

Gay and the wonderful life of Caleb Gallo

Streaming platform: YouTube

Usually streams on free streaming platforms have an easy quality, like drunken punches Dinet or relentlessly sexual Open season. Gay and the wonderful life of Caleb Gallo it’s just that with such quick quirks and carefree transgressions, it’s hard not to be fascinated by your chaotic, strange line-up of vain ladies, “fresh” bisexuals and confused but confident heterosexuals. (“Yeah, I’m fucking other guys,” Caleb said on his best friend’s phone after noting that he was in love with his straight friend, while preparing for his British friend’s Facetime.)

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Streaming platform: Disney + Hotstar

HBO’s first gay show and one of the only gay shows on American television was as celebrated as it was criticized – too milky, too white. Held two seasons, after a bunch of gays in slowly gentrifying San Francisco, each of them became part of the circle of friends through fitness, sex or platonic communication, the show has a number of interesting side characters who are trying to change in their diversity main casting – The HIV-positive bear, the Mexican hairdresser, the black lawyer and artist and an aging florist. The show perfects the unique sexual stresses of a strange life – crossbreeding, unrest and open relationships – while focusing on the universal dilemma of jealousy.

Everything for my mother

Streaming platform: Disney + Hotstar

On an equal foot with Call me your name Netflix streaming To Pedro Almodovar Pain and glory it was one of the most shocking and exhausting productions of a strange desire. (This scene, in which the young boy faints with a heat stroke, seeing the naked beauty of a man like Adonis, is one of the most powerful performances for the first time when a man has ever felt desire.) Almodovar’s 1999 comedy-drama with such a oddity, deals with the deep themes of parenting, AIDS and sex work with such candid, witty humor, in his trademark candy frames – it’s irrevocably sexy and even more so when re-watching.



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