According projecting homosexual characters. On one hand, there

According to
Wikipedia, the LGBT+ community is a loosely defined grouping of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and LGBT-supportive people, organizations, and
subcultures, united by a common culture and social movements. These communities
generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality.  People often use LGBTQ to mean all of the
communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA”:

Lesbian

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Gay

Bisexual

Transgender

Transsexual

Two-spirited

Queer

Questioning

Intersex

Asexual

Ally

+ Pansexual

+ Agender

+ Gender Queer

+ Bigender

+ Gender Variant

+ Pangender

Sexual orientation
and gender identity are largely taboo topics of discussion, especially in a
conservative and orthodox society like ours, has majorly contributed in the
stereotypical portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community, in mainstream media like
Bollywood movies and television shows, which has in turn fuelled denigration of
the community and its members, to an extent. It is self-explanatory that the
erstwhile criminalization of sexual activities “against the so-called order
of nature”, arguably including homosexual activities, played a vital role
in determining the public’s general outlook of disgust and ridicule, with
regard to the community. But, as we know, that media also plays a significant
role in the makings of the public narrative so the oft-shown demonization and
mudslinging on the LGBTQ+ community, as a whole, has added fuel to fire and
resulted in furthermore blackening of the character of the community and its
members, who are considered bizarre and deviant because of their sexuality,
gender identity and other choices.
The Indian filmmaking culture somehow still appears confused towards forming a
universal opinion about projecting homosexual characters. On one hand, there
exist movies like ‘Fire’ and ‘Margarita with a Straw’ that empower the
community members through their bold and taboo-breaking depiction of the
characters, while on the other hand, movies like ‘Masti’ and ‘Humshakals’ throw
major shade at the community by showing gay men who are 24/7 horny and throwing
themselves at the male leads, and are ridiculed and joked upon by the whole
cast, because of the stereotypical waving of hands while talking, or the clichéd
way of walking.
Hence, the contemporary pop culture consumed in India, is bound to give some
warped ideas about gender identity and sexuality to its audiences. Historically,
Indian cinema—and especially Hindi cinema—hasn’t had the best record in terms
of illustration of gender and sexuality. Heteronormativity in India unceasingly
prevails for the sole purpose of oppressing homosexuals as a whole. Cinema is
an all-pervasive tool that reaches so many people at once and challenges the
conditioning of the society – and even in cinema, if members of LGBT community
get cast as manipulative, negative and fearful characters, it simply augments
the existing hatred in the real world. There has generally been two polarities
of representation- either the person is a demonized, horrifying villain; or the
worst kind of comic stereotype, with really offensive and homophobic humor
directed at them. There is a sustained othering which takes place here, where
the trans person is constantly seen as outside the bounds of ‘normal’ — as a
sexual predator, a child molester, or someone who is out to prey on or deceive
the unsuspecting (cis) hero or heroine.
But, for once, if one moves away from the so-called ‘famous’ works of
Bollywood, one would find that there has been some kind of positive portrayal
of the LGBTQ+ community as well, through movies like ‘Parched’, ‘Daayra’ that
have dared to put an equitable depiction of the characters, be they cis or
trans.  However, the number of such
movies is quite small. Films that depict reality is of supreme importance, in
the realms of making people aware, it is also quite crucial that we start to
desire for films that have characters belonging to the community, living an
accustomed life, facing normal societal or personal conflicts and not
discriminatory/oppressing ones.
How many of us, filmmakers, audiences alike, knew beforehand that LGBT is in
fact short for LGBTTTQQIAA+ (as mentioned in definition on the first page)? An
in-depth comprehension of all these terms and the ‘+’ in the end of the acronym
shall give us the idea how fathomless sexuality really is. While we have only
touched the first two to three letters and that too with an immense struggle
coupled with extreme homophobia and transphobia, we still have a long way to go
before we sketch the deeper untouched expressions. While there is still so much
confusion regarding what constitutes gender and what is one’s sexuality, and
how it is not interchangeable, filmmakers hold supreme responsibility in being
sensitive, empathetic and rational while attempting to make films on the said
theme. And as complex as it may seem, the underlying principles of treating people
respectfully and equally is a no-brainer and requires no special education!

According to
Wikipedia, the LGBT+ community is a loosely defined grouping of lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and LGBT-supportive people, organizations, and
subcultures, united by a common culture and social movements. These communities
generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality.  People often use LGBTQ to mean all of the
communities included in the “LGBTTTQQIAA”:

Lesbian

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Gay

Bisexual

Transgender

Transsexual

Two-spirited

Queer

Questioning

Intersex

Asexual

Ally

+ Pansexual

+ Agender

+ Gender Queer

+ Bigender

+ Gender Variant

+ Pangender

Sexual orientation
and gender identity are largely taboo topics of discussion, especially in a
conservative and orthodox society like ours, has majorly contributed in the
stereotypical portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community, in mainstream media like
Bollywood movies and television shows, which has in turn fuelled denigration of
the community and its members, to an extent. It is self-explanatory that the
erstwhile criminalization of sexual activities “against the so-called order
of nature”, arguably including homosexual activities, played a vital role
in determining the public’s general outlook of disgust and ridicule, with
regard to the community. But, as we know, that media also plays a significant
role in the makings of the public narrative so the oft-shown demonization and
mudslinging on the LGBTQ+ community, as a whole, has added fuel to fire and
resulted in furthermore blackening of the character of the community and its
members, who are considered bizarre and deviant because of their sexuality,
gender identity and other choices.
The Indian filmmaking culture somehow still appears confused towards forming a
universal opinion about projecting homosexual characters. On one hand, there
exist movies like ‘Fire’ and ‘Margarita with a Straw’ that empower the
community members through their bold and taboo-breaking depiction of the
characters, while on the other hand, movies like ‘Masti’ and ‘Humshakals’ throw
major shade at the community by showing gay men who are 24/7 horny and throwing
themselves at the male leads, and are ridiculed and joked upon by the whole
cast, because of the stereotypical waving of hands while talking, or the clichéd
way of walking.
Hence, the contemporary pop culture consumed in India, is bound to give some
warped ideas about gender identity and sexuality to its audiences. Historically,
Indian cinema—and especially Hindi cinema—hasn’t had the best record in terms
of illustration of gender and sexuality. Heteronormativity in India unceasingly
prevails for the sole purpose of oppressing homosexuals as a whole. Cinema is
an all-pervasive tool that reaches so many people at once and challenges the
conditioning of the society – and even in cinema, if members of LGBT community
get cast as manipulative, negative and fearful characters, it simply augments
the existing hatred in the real world. There has generally been two polarities
of representation- either the person is a demonized, horrifying villain; or the
worst kind of comic stereotype, with really offensive and homophobic humor
directed at them. There is a sustained othering which takes place here, where
the trans person is constantly seen as outside the bounds of ‘normal’ — as a
sexual predator, a child molester, or someone who is out to prey on or deceive
the unsuspecting (cis) hero or heroine.
But, for once, if one moves away from the so-called ‘famous’ works of
Bollywood, one would find that there has been some kind of positive portrayal
of the LGBTQ+ community as well, through movies like ‘Parched’, ‘Daayra’ that
have dared to put an equitable depiction of the characters, be they cis or
trans.  However, the number of such
movies is quite small. Films that depict reality is of supreme importance, in
the realms of making people aware, it is also quite crucial that we start to
desire for films that have characters belonging to the community, living an
accustomed life, facing normal societal or personal conflicts and not
discriminatory/oppressing ones.
How many of us, filmmakers, audiences alike, knew beforehand that LGBT is in
fact short for LGBTTTQQIAA+ (as mentioned in definition on the first page)? An
in-depth comprehension of all these terms and the ‘+’ in the end of the acronym
shall give us the idea how fathomless sexuality really is. While we have only
touched the first two to three letters and that too with an immense struggle
coupled with extreme homophobia and transphobia, we still have a long way to go
before we sketch the deeper untouched expressions. While there is still so much
confusion regarding what constitutes gender and what is one’s sexuality, and
how it is not interchangeable, filmmakers hold supreme responsibility in being
sensitive, empathetic and rational while attempting to make films on the said
theme. And as complex as it may seem, the underlying principles of treating people
respectfully and equally is a no-brainer and requires no special education!

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