Queer representation in cinema has come a long way, and ZEE5 Global has been at the forefront of showcasing diverse narratives that celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
From heartfelt dramas to empowering stories, these films have left an indelible impact in the mind and hearts of viewers.
Here’s a closer look at five talented actors who delivered outstanding performances in queer roles in titles currently streaming on ZEE5 Global.
Manoj Bajpayee as Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra in Aligarh
In the critically acclaimed film Aligarh by Hansal Mehta, Manoj Bajpayee delivers a remarkable performance as Professor Ramchandra Siras. a homosexual professor standing up against society’s prejudices and discrimination for specific sexual orientations. Bajpayee’s sensitive portrayal beautifully captured Siras’s loneliness, vulnerability, and resilience, creating a profoundly moving and thought-provoking character, making it one of his career’s best.
Ali Fazal as Dev in Forbidden Love (Arranged Marriage)
In his portrayal of Dev in Anoop Ragi’s Arranged Marriage, Ali Fazal delivers a nuanced performance, capturing the internal struggle of a man caught between his forbidden love for Neel and the societal expectations surrounding him. Fazal’s portrayal showcases the vulnerability and resilience of Dev, providing viewers with a poignant and thought-provoking portrait of a character torn between love and societal norms.
Ridhi Dogra as Astha in The Married Woman
In The Married Woman series, Ridhi Dogra portrayed Astha, an average homemaker slowly discovering her attraction towards another woman amidst a conservative society in the 1990s. Dogra’s portrayal beautifully captured Astha’s internal conflicts, showcasing her transformation from societal conformity to embracing her true self, making it a captivating performance.
Maanvi Gagroo as Shalmalee in 377 Ab Normal
As a woman on a journey of self-discovery, Maanvi Gagroo delivers a compelling performance in 377 Ab Normal, bringing depth and authenticity to her portrayal. Inspired by actual events, this emotional drama narrates the journey of five petitioners who challenged Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Witness the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and the landmark judgement that marked the beginning of a new era of equality in India.
Arjun Mathur as Omar in I AM (Omar)
Directed by Onir, I AM, is a National Award-winning anthology series featuring numerous stars in pivotal roles. In one of the stories, Mathur plays the role of a struggling actor caught in a one-night stand with his partner. Through his moving performance, the actor embodies the complex emotions and choices individuals face in a society that discriminates against their sexual orientation.