From 'Four More Shots' to 'Never Have I Ever': 5 shows to watch in Pride month
This year, June kicks off the Pride Month in a worldwide lockdown. Unlike in past years, all of us won’t be able to celebrate all forms of love by hugging our friends or attending Pride parades, parties, and events. So, does that mean that Pride month is cancelled for this year? Hell, no!!!!!
This year, as you tune into group video chats, and make perfect pride playlists, here are 5 shows/movies that feature LGBTQIA+ people or stories which must be on your June weekend binge-watching lists
Made In Heaven (Amazon Prime Video)
Ever since its release, Amazon Prime Video's 'Made In Heaven' struck a chord with the audience for its multi-layered storyline and the incredible performances. Set in the backdrop of big-fat Indian weddings, the show presented various narratives of the Indian society and its obsession with marriages.
Starring Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, and Kalki Koechlin in the leading roles, 'Made In Heaven' touches on the topic of gender fluidity and individual sexuality in a subtle way. Through beautiful nuances, the show highlighted the struggles and prejudices that the LGBTQ community faces on a regular basis.
Four More Shots Please! (Amazon Prime Video)
'Four More Shots Please!' on Amazon Prime Video explores the friendship of four independent women - Kirti Kulhari, Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, and Bani J. The show deals with various topics including being a single mother, bisexuality and accepting your own body, among others.
While Umang (Banji J) accepts her sexuality and receives support from her friends, her partner Samara (Lisa Ray) is deeply closeted. The show brings out how her character rises above the societal norms and embraces her sexual orientation unabashedly.
The Half of It (Netflix)
A coming-of-age film, The Half of It deals with sexuality and racism without enforcing stereotypes. A senior in high school, Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) has a crush on her fellow classmate Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire).
Despite her feelings, she helps Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) to write a letter to Aster on his behalf. Ellie’s feelings for Aster appear to be genuine as she rambles on about her and awkwardly freezes when they’re together. Ellie transforms from being a confused teenager to finally accepting her sexuality and even coming out to her friend, Paul.
Romil and Jugal (ALTBalaji)
'Romil and Jugal' is ALTBalaji's take of 'Romeo and Juliet' but with a gay couple. The story revolves around a shy young Tamil boy Romil (Rajeev Siddhartha) and a loud Punjabi guy Jugal (Manraj Singh), who fall deeply in love with each other. The narrative follows the life of two young boys who try to navigate their lives together as they struggle to win acceptance of their orthodox family and the narrow-minded society overall. Despite the societal pressure, the duo doesn’t crumble and emerges as a strong couple.
Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
This popular series centres around an American student of Indian origin, who wants to elevate her social status after a particularly difficult year. Created by Mindy Kaling, the show highlights various lessons that Devi (the protagonist) learns within and outside the school campus.