Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review: The Lesbian Love Story a Post-377 India Needs

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review: The Lesbian Love Story a Post-377 India Needs

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

 

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n a country that has an embarrassing history, spanning decades of giggling and guffawing over crass, uni-dimensional portrayals of the LGBTQ community, Shelly Dhar Chopra’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga —with a lesbian love story at the heart of the tension around which the narrative is woven — is a very important and remarkable story. It may be 22 years since Fire, Deepa Mehta’s path-breaking film featuring a lesbian relationship, led to theatres being vandalised and posters being burned, but it’s impossible to forget that it’s only a year since the reprehensible Section 377 was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of India.

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