Same-sex love in Muslim cultures through the lens of Hindustani Cinema


  • Ayesha Arfeen Jawaharlal Nehru University



Same-sex love, Amradparashti, Dedh Ishqiya, Laundabaazi, Muslim lesbians, Sexual Frustration, Female Sexuality


This paper tries to explore same-sex love in Muslim cultures in India as represented in Hindustani cinema. My focus will be on Muslim female same-sex love which is generally not touched upon. Female same-sex love and male same-sex love is widely discussed and debated upon. The recent film Dedh Ishqiya (Bhardwaj, 2014) is taken as a case study to examine female same-sex love in a Muslim context. Other films will be dealt in periphery. The influence of language, place and peer group is to be checked. Amradparashti or male same-sex love is discussed in comparison to female same-sex love for which no particular term in North India is used that frequently.


Author Biography

Ayesha Arfeen, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Doctoral Researcher, CSSS/SSS, JNU, New Delhi.


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How to Cite

Arfeen, A. (2017). Same-sex love in Muslim cultures through the lens of Hindustani Cinema. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 6(1), 51–70.