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  • 2009
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 5.8  (375)

Straight is a Hindi-language comedy-drama film that released in the year 2009. The movie starred Vinay Pathak, Gul Panag, and Anuj Chaudhary in the lead roles. The film was directed by Parvati Balagopalan, a renowned Indian filmmaker, and was produced by Idream productions. The story of Straight revolves around Rahul (Vinay Pathak), a young man who lives in Pune and is a successful copywriter. He is smart, humorous and has an exceptional sense of humor. Rahul’s life turns upside down when he discovers that he is gay. Though he is closeted about his sexuality, his listless life is gradually progressing towards an uncontrollable direction. He decides to break the news to his parents (played by Anuj Chaudhary and Rasika Dugal), who have an arranged marriage planned for him. His parents are horrified to find out about his sexuality and plan to drug him to “cure” his homosexuality.

The story takes an interesting twist when Rahul meets a like-minded girl, Neha (Gul Panag), who is appreciative and understanding of his sexuality, and they fall in love with each other. However, things take a turn for the worse when Rahul's parents find out about his affair with Neha. The rest of the movie follows Rahul and Neha's struggle to come out in the open and make their love story work despite the challenges that society throws their way.

The movie, Straight, is known for its bold portrayal of homosexuality in Indian cinema, a topic that had previously been taboo in the country. The director, Parvati Balagopalan, made sure to stay true to the community and their struggles while making the film, and it has been deemed a significant contribution to the Indian film industry in this regard. The film showcases the trials and tribulations that members of the LGBTQ+ community face while trying to come out in the open with their sexuality and also fights against society's prejudices.

The music of the movie is given by Sagar Desai, and it deserves a special mention. The soundtrack of the film is lively, energetic, and soulful. The combination of the music and the visuals adds color and depth to the narrative, making it a compelling watch.

The performances of the lead actors, Vinay Pathak and Gul Panag, have been appreciated by both audiences and critics. Vinay Pathak's portrayal of Rahul is praiseworthy as he has managed to capture the mood of the character perfectly. His comic timing and emotional scenes are on point, and he manages to take the audience on a journey of the character's emotional turmoil. Gul Panag's performance as Neha is also worth mentioning. She plays the role with ease and conviction, thereby complementing Vinay's character beautifully.

Overall, Straight is an excellent representation of the Indian LGBTQ+ community and their struggles. It is a movie that is both humorous and emotional, encouraging audiences to be understanding of their fellow human beings and promoting acceptance and love for all. It is well-written, well-directed, and well-acted and is worth a watch for anyone who believes in humanity and its diversity.

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    1 hr 50 min
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    5.8  (375)