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Pullappally, inspired both by her short film Uli and a true story of two lesbian lovers in the South Indian state of Kerala.
Fire is explicit in stating that the main characters enter their relationship due to the failure of their heterosexual marriages, Sancharram The Journey (2004 film), the Malayalam name for the same movie, The Journey, is clearly a film about two lesbians who fall in love with each other.
The film mainly focuses on coming out to an Indian conservative family and throws light on the struggles of a young gay teenager and the insecurities they carry well into adulthood.
Indian television has also begun to depict gay characters.
Ayoni or non-vaginal sex of all types are punishable in the Arthashastra.
Homosexual acts are however treated as a smaller offence punishable by a fine while unlawful heterosexual sex have much harsher punishment.
In Kapoor and Sons since 1921, character portrayed by Fawad Khan was gay.India's Supreme Court on 6 September 2018, struck down a colonial-era law that made gay sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a landmark victory for gay rights that one judge said would "pave the way for a better future." Alka Pande says that alternate sexuality was an integral part of ancient India and homosexuality was considered to be a form of the sacred, drawing upon the examples of the hermaphrodite Shikhandi and Arjuna who became a eunuch.Ruth Vanita argues that ancient India was relatively tolerant and views on it were ambiguous, from acceptance to rejection.The Dharmsastras especially the later ones prescribed against non-vaginal sex like the Vashistha Dharmasutra.The Yājñavalkya Smṛti prescribes fines for such acts including those with other men.