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The ‘Other’ Love Story

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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.

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The Universe of Thai LGBTQ+ Shows, Reco 3 – Until We Meet Again

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.

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The Universe of Thai LGBTQ+ Shows, Reco 2 – Dark Blue Kiss

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!).

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The Universe of Thai LGBTQ+ Shows, Reco 1 – 2gether: the Series (and the special sequel Still 2gether)

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.

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Recommendations – Shows to Binge on in this Self-Quarantine Period

I was someone completely averse to watching TV or Web series – or anything that cannot be in completed in one 2.5-hour sitting. However, eventually a time has to come when one decides to follow the herd, and that time has come for me too. Now that we are all cooped up in our houses hiding from the COVID19, here are some shows I have watched, or am watching, that you can watch too to keep yourself engaged. Also note, this post is also a call for recommendations of series which you think I’ll enjoy (hopefully this post will clue you in to my taste). And also, every show mentioned here have subtitles on the platforms they are streaming in.

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Made in Heaven (Web Series) – A Well-Made, Well-Acted Series With Complex, Layered Characters

I am not much of a series person – be it in terms of books or TV/web shows. I don’t really like taking the pain of waiting for the next episode/book to know what happens next. So if I do decide to start a series, I need a LOT of coaxing. The last series I watched was Breathe (Amazon Prime)just because it had Maddy in it. And I decided to check out Made in Heaven partially because I was interested in watching more of Zoya Akhtar after the terrific Gully Boyand partially because my Twitter timeline was absolutely filled with praises for the same. And I am SO GLAD I decided to watch it!

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Breathe (Web Series) – Madhavan And Amit Sadh Are Fantastic In This Ludicrous But Engaging Thriller

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Our hero, Danny Mascarenhas (Madhavan) wants to sneak into the ICU. Why? To kill an old man for….I’ll come to that later. So how does he sneak in? He’s too cool to do what our regular heroes have done in the past, disguising himself with a doctor’s coat and mask. Instead, he gives himself a heart attack. No, he’s not in the medical field. So how does he do it? He GOOGLES “How to induce a heart attack”. And BAM! He learns how to give himself just the right kind of heart attack, not bad enough to kill him but enough to get him into the ICU. No, I’m not describing a Balakrishna movie here but Amazon Prime’s original Indian series – Breathe.

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