Gateway to Gay: Indian web-series embrace homosexuality

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Over the centuries, the world has seen a massive amount of culture sharing while equally experiences a vast diversity across continents. No two humans are exactly the same, be it socially, linguistically, economically, traditionally or in other distinctions in human nature and consequently, each human’s preferences are shaped accordingly. Living in the postmodern world, people have learnt to be increasingly inclusive of each other. Add to the varying divisions the wide spectrum of human sexuality which has encountered greater recognition across countries, including India, with the recent decriminalisation of homosexuality under the archaic Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Seeping into mainstream culture, the acceptance and normalisation of homosexuality has rightly been picked up by content creators, inserting the idea of LGBTQ issues in web-series.

List Of The Series

Breaking stereotypes of homosexuals and dissolving the stigma around it, web-series have embraced and projected homosexual characters as strong personalities. One can cite the prominent examples of a Zee5 original series called “377 अब Normal” which surrounds itself with the legal struggle against the criminalisation of homosexuality. Starring names like Maanvi Gagroo, Zeeshan Ayyub and Shashank ‘Sunny’ Arora, the series is a take on how the archaic manifestations of a colonial mindset were broken down by a progressive generation. AltBalaji breaches the topic on a rather lighter note in the form of “Romil and Jagil”, a romantic comedy from different family backgrounds, who come out of the closets in different manners, with further complications when their unaware female acquaintances are infatuated with them too. On a similar note, a Voot original series called “Untag” also depicts a homosexual couple starring Naveen Polishetty. Similarly, the 2nd season of AltBalaji’s series “Gandi Baat” also deals with the idea of homosexuality as well as bisexuality in its erotica-based episodes. Furthermore, a significant portion of the series “Made in Heaven” by Amazon Prime dealt with problems faced by homosexual people with the male protagonist (played by Arjun Mathur) being a homosexual, in the form of societal apathy and judicial incarceration and erstwhile legal obstacles to homosexuality in India.

Having dealt with the subject of homosexuality in web-series, the liberal side of the Indian public will continue to obliterate the irrational taboos held by traditionalist Indians, and the fight to normalise the idea of homosexuality will be continued well, for the path from recognition of homosexuality to legislation for same-sex marriages is hopefully a short one and one catalysed by societal change brought about by web-series as above.

Trailer of 377 अब Normal

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