Hellooo! Yes, I’m back after so long. I missed this space but life had me wrapped around its fingers and I couldn’t bring myself to write for so long. Even now I don’t know if I’ll be able to write as consistently as I used to, but I’ll try. Anyway, here I’ll talk about all the books I’ve read this year so far.
Roopa Rao’s 2019 Kannada film Gantumoote is one that is extremely close to my heart. For one, in it I found a female protagonist whose thoughts read like they were taken from my own head. Two, it gave us an endearing and heartbreaking romance from a very strong and honest female gaze – something we are so starved of in our films. I had kept meaning to check out her web series – The ‘Other’ Love Story (henceforth refered to as TOLS) (2016) soon after, but it slipped out of my mind until a friend brought it up again, after which I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did.
This was such a beautiful, heavy show. I think this was the fourth drama I watched, and I wasn’t prepared for the emotional ride it would turn out to be. I have watched so many more shows now, but UWMA will always have a special place in my heart for the solid plot, the amazing acting and the number of things it gets right.
Contrary to what seems to be the popular opinion, I had a nice time watching this anthology. As is the case with most anthologies – some shorts works better than the others, and even the best ones do not quite get there – but at the end I was left with a warm, fuzzy feeling , which is what I wanted anyway.
This was the second Thai LGBTQ+ show I watched, and even though I have many more by now, I still feel this is one of the best. Unlike 2gether, Dark Blue Kiss had me rooting for all the side-couples in addition to the main couple, and the show allows itself get into the messier aspects of relationships, which was again quite different from 2gether, which was content in being a light-hearted rom-com (not that I’m complaining, we need such pleasant shows in the world too!).
When they say, ‘my whole life changed during this lockdown period’, they sure aren’t lying. Before all this, I was so stubborn regarding what I watched. I hated watching series, and especially didn’t want to watch non-Indian content. It was with much hesitation that I stepped into the world of English-language shows earlier this year. Cut to almost six months later, and here I am, sidelining all the Indian and English-language content I’ve been meaning to watch with a new-found interest – Thai shows featuring LGBTQ+ romance. In just a month, these shows have started to become my happy place – something equivalent to a warm hug or a soothing massage to relieve all your stress and tension. Through a series of posts like this one, I’ll take you through some of these shows, starting with the one that gained popularity in various parts of the world – 2gether: The Series, and its sequel Still 2gether.
A movie filmed during the pandemic, a story told entirely through a set of screens. The only other film I have seen which followed a similar visual grammar was the 2014 horror-thriller Unfriended, which had unfolded largely through a set of Skype screens. However, a full-length feature-film along these lines is a novel attempt in Indian, especially Malayalam cinema, and considering that this is a product featuring Fahadh Faasil and directed by Mahesh Narayan (who had earlier made the wonderful Take Off), I was obviously excited. And the film didn’t disappoint at all.