- 2 hr 6 min
Girlfriend is a Bollywood movie that was released in 2004. Produced by Pammi Baweja, this film features Isha Koppikar, Aashish Chaudhary, and Amrita Arora in the lead roles. This romantic drama is directed by Karan Razdan and tackles the complexity of same-sex relationships in an Indian society that stigmatizes homosexuality. The film follows the story of Sapna (Isha Koppikar), a successful model, who falls in love with a struggling actress named Monica (Amrita Arora). Sapna's feelings for Monica prompts her to reveal her lesbian identity to her family. However, Sapna's relationship is met with disapproval and rejection from her family, who cannot accept her choice of partner. Her mother tries to persuade her to marry Rohit (Aashish Chaudhary), a man of her parents' choosing while Sapna struggles to live her life on her own terms.
Sapna and Monica's relationship is portrayed primarily from Sapna's perspective, showcasing her internal struggle with her sexuality and the external pressures from society. The movie explores the themes of love, relationships, and identity struggles that homosexuals face in a society that does not accept them.
The film's sensitive portrayal of the subject of same-sex relationships made it a groundbreaking film in Indian Cinema. It sheds light on the stigma around homosexuality and the dearth of representation of gay characters in mainstream Indian films. It examines and challenges the archaic mindset of the Indian public, which discriminates against homosexuals based on their sexual orientation.
Director Karan Razdan also boldly tries to explore homosexuality as an experience in the film. The script explores the point of view of society as well as those of the homosexual characters. This creates empathy in the audience for the issues faced by lesbian and gay individuals.
As for the acting, Isha Koppikar fits the role of a successful model very well. Amrita Arora also showcases her acting skills and performs her role convincingly. For Aashish Chaudhary, his role is limited as a third wheel, yet he manages to evoke the right emotions to support his co-actors.
The background score and music of the film have been composed by Daboo Malik and the lyrics are penned by Sameer. The songs allude to the struggles and loneliness of someone who feels invisible in society, a common experience in homosexual relationships.
Overall, Girlfriend is a progressive film that incorporates the challenges faced by homosexuals in a society that doesn't accept them, and their validation of this as an identity. This movie provides an important reminder of how important it is to be accepting of others' sexuality and identity, and advocates the message that love is love, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The English subtitles also make it accessible to a wider audience, and the movie remains an important influence on Indian cinema today.