Top 10 Indian Movies That Explore Lives Of Transgenders

Top 10 Indian Movies That Explore Lives Of Transgenders English Article

Indian cinema, for many decades, has shown transgender people in a bad light. They are insulted using derogatory terms and made fun of in how they are depicted on screen. Many commercial mainstream movies have been criticized for their representation of trans people. Times have changed now, and in the representation of transgender people and LGBTQ+, Indian films have come a long way. We have many films that responsibly explored many sensitive issues. Here are the top 10 Indian movies that represented the lives of transgenders on screen and got it right:

1. Tamanna (1997)

Directed by Mahesh Bhatt Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt created a niche for himself >> Read More... Mahesh Bhatt , this movie revolves around the life of Tikku, a transgender who adopts an abandoned girl child and raises her despite all circumstances. This is one of the most compelling takes on the lives of transgenders. This beautiful story moves your heart, and this explains why it is still relevant to date. It stars Paresh Rawal The Padma Shri award winner who shot to fame with >> Read More... Paresh Rawal , Pooja Bhatt This chubby star of Bollywood had a different styl >> Read More... Pooja Bhatt , and Manoj Bajpayee Born on 23 April 1969, Manoj Bajpai is first a Bol >> Read More... Manoj Bajpayee , among others.


2. Super Deluxe (2019)

One of the best movies of 2019 is Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe. With four stories running parallel, it involves the story of a transwoman Shilpa who wants her son Rasukutty and wife Jyothi to accept her sexual identity. Vijay Sethupathi Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi was not born with silv >> Read More... Vijay Sethupathi , in the role of Shilpa, overshadowed everyone else and played the role of Shilpa with perfection. Samantha Ruth Prabhu Born on April 28 1987 Samantha is a model and actr >> Read More... Samantha Ruth Prabhu , Fahadh Faasil Born in 1983, Fahadh Faasil is known for his works >> Read More... Fahadh Faasil , and Ramya Krishnan Ramya Krishnan is a South Indian movie and TV actr >> Read More... Ramya Krishnan played the lead roles.

3. Paava Kadhaigal (2020)

Set in 1980s rural Tamil, Sudha Kongara's Thangam from the Tamil anthology film Paava Kadhaigal tells how a Muslim transwoman Sathaar struggles to adjust to society and faces many challenges to protect the person she loves. played the role of a transgender woman and delivered a phenomenal performance.


4. Daayra (1996)

Directed by Amol Palekar Amol Palekar was born on 24th November, 1944 in Mu >> Read More... Amol Palekar , this movie's story revolves around the romantic relationship between a transvestite dancer and a rape survivor who starts dressing up like a man. This kind of relationship's portrayal has not been explored in Indian cinema. It reflects the social lives of transgenders in India and represents the issues it addresses very sensitively. Nirmal Pandey Actor Nirmal Pandey was the first actor to play th >> Read More... Nirmal Pandey and Sonali Kulkarni Sonali Kulkarni was born in the Marathi-speaking K >> Read More... Sonali Kulkarni played the lead roles.


5. Njan Marykutty (2018)

Directed by Ranjith Sankar Ranjith Sankar was born in Kerala in Thrissur on F >> Read More... Ranjith Sankar , this film revolves around the life of Mathukutty, a transsexual man who, despite all odds, overcomes physical and mental trauma to achieve his dream of becoming a sub-inspector. This movie explored the struggles with accepting one's identity, orientation, and the discrimination one has to face for daring to live their lives on their terms. Actor Jayasurya delivered a fantastic performance in the role of Mathukutty.



6. Naanu Avanalla Avalu (2015)

Based on the autobiography ‘I am Vidya,’ this film won two National Awards for its terrific portrayal of Madesha, a transgender who faced all odds and learned to accept her identity. Late actor Sanchari Vijay Vijay Kumar B alias Sanchari Vijay is a Kannada Th >> Read More... Sanchari Vijay played Living Smile Vidya A writer, theater actress and film director, Livin >> Read More... Living Smile Vidya and brought out the same free-spirited attitude of her in the film.


7. Darmiyaan

In Between (1997): Directed by Kalpana Lazmi, this film revolves around the lives of a leading actress and her son Immi, who she discovers is a eunuch. She becomes an alcoholic. Finding it difficult to cope with this, she neglects parental care. Immi grows up to be a thoughtful human under his grandmother's care. Immi later saves his mother from destruction and addiction. Arif Zakaria With roles in chunauti, Karambhoomi, mrityudand, D >> Read More... Arif Zakaria , Kiron Kher, and Tabu play pivotal roles in the film.


8. Arekti Premer Golpo (2010)

Directed by , the film's plot revolves around Abhiroop Sen, a transgender filmmaker who visits Kolkata to film a documentary but faces discrimination because of his sexuality. This film stars Rituparno Ghosh Rituparno Ghosh(1963-2013) was a profound actor, d >> Read More... Rituparno Ghosh and in lead roles.


9. Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (2021)

Manu, a bodybuilder, and Maanvi, a Zumba teacher's love affair, comes to a halt when Manu learns that Maanvi is a transwoman. Things get bitter when Manu's family members get involved. This movie stars Ayushmann Khurrana This Vicky donor worked as radio jockey, Video joc >> Read More... Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor Vaani is a model and an actress who was born in 23 >> Read More... Vaani Kapoor in lead roles. Both the director Abhishek Kapoor Abhishek Kapoor is a prominent Indian film actor-t >> Read More... Abhishek Kapoor and Vaani Kapoor faced criticism as a cis-gendered woman played a trans-woman on screen. Nevertheless, the sensitive take on this bold subject was appreciated by the critics and the audiences alike.

10. Kanchana (2011)

Directed by Raghava Lawrence Lawrence Raghavendra is a popular Choreographer, d >> Read More... Raghava Lawrence , this film represents the lives of transgenders in India to some extent. The plot revolves around Raghava, who gets possessed by three ghosts, including a transgender one and starts behaving like a woman. Raghava's mother consults an exorcist who makes the ghosts reveal their heartbreaking story involving injustice and murder. The film stars Lawrence, Sarathkumar, Lakshmi Rai, and Kovai Sarala Kovai Sarala is an actress who acted in more than >> Read More... Kovai Sarala in lead roles. This film was remade in many languages, including Kalpana in Kannada and Laxmii in Hindi.