Pride Month: Bollywood Actors Who Breaking Stereotypes By Playing LGBTQ Characters On-screen

Bollywood actors who defied all norms and ace the portrayal of LGBTQ characters on-screen. Read out to know more.

Over the years, the Indian Film Industry has been criticized for its conservative approach when it comes to exploring diverse themes or characters. However, in recent years, several talented actors have taken this fierce step forward to break the barriers and challenge societal norms by portraying characters from the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community onscreen.

With their brilliant performances, they have not only shown their struggles and victory but also fostered a sense of acceptance and inclusivity among audiences. The actors played these characters with so much sensitivity and conviction which is exceptionally beautiful. 

Here are a few B-town actors who have played LGBTQ characters on screen and left their indelible mark on Indian cinema:

Ayushmann Khurrana








One of the most talented and versatile actors in Bollywood, Ayushmann Khurrana, knows for his choice of unconventional roles in the movies. He played the role of “Gay” in Shubh Mangal Jyada Saavdhan, which was released in 2020. He played the character of a Gay man fighting against societal norms. Actor Jitendra Kumar also played his character really well. He played the love interest of Ayushmann Khurrana. The actor played his character with so much sensitivity and conviction.

Kubbra Sait








Tv actress Kubbra Sait gained an appreciation for her role as a Transgender named Cuckoo in the Netflix show “Sacred Games”, which was released in 2018. She was the transgender in that show and falls in love with Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddique). The actress nailed her character with such perfection that everyone loves her character and praised her work.

Vaani Kapoor








Actress Vaani Kapoor played the role of a Transgender in the 2021 released movie “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui”. Her movie didn’t perform well at the box office but she delivered a powerful performance and message with her character. She played the character of Maanvi, who is a Trans Woman (who was assigned male at birth). She shifted to Chandigarh and work as a Zumba Trainer, where she fell in love with Ayushmann Khurrana.



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