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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Representation in Indian OTT

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In recent years, Indian OTT platforms have made significant strides in representing LGBTQIA+ characters in a more nuanced and authentic manner. These characters have not only brought visibility to the LGBTQIA+ community but have also challenged stereotypes and sparked important conversations about gender and sexuality. Here, we celebrate some of the most iconic LGBTQIA+ characters from Indian OTT shows. Besides, that have left a lasting impact on audiences.

1. Karan Mehra from ‘Made in Heaven’

Played by: Arjun Mathur

In Amazon Prime’s ‘Made in Heaven’, Arjun Mathur delivers a powerful performance as Karan Mehra. Furthermore, a gay wedding planner navigating the complexities of love and societal expectations. Karan’s journey is portrayed with sensitivity and depth, highlighting the struggles. Furthermore, triumphs of being openly gay in a society that often shuns such identities. His storyline is both heart-wrenching and inspiring, making him one of the most memorable LGBTQIA+ characters on Indian OTT.

2. Umang from ‘Four More Shots Please!’

Played by: Bani J

Bani J’s portrayal of Umang in Amazon Prime’s ‘Four More Shots Please!’ is another standout. Umang is a confident bisexual fitness trainer who navigates her relationships with honesty and openness. Her character breaks away from the usual stereotypes associated with bisexuality and presents a refreshing and empowering representation of the LGBTQIA+ community.

3. Ludo from ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’

Played by: Avantika Vandanapu

Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ tells the story of five teenage girls living in a boarding school in scenic Ooty. The show authentically captures the ups and downs of boarding school life and the challenges the girls face. A central storyline revolves around Ludo, the school’s basketball team captain, portrayed by Avantika Vandanapu. The series follows Ludo as she navigates her journey of self-discovery and comes to terms with her sexuality. We witness her gradual process of coming out to her friends and the bittersweet experiences of her first teen relationships.

4. Aastha from ‘The Married Woman’

Played by: Ridhi Dogra

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Based on Manju Kapur’s novel, ‘The Married Woman’ on ALTBalaji and ZEE5, features Riddhi Dogra as Aastha. However, a woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and falls in love with another woman, Peeplika (Monica Dogra). Anjana’s character challenges societal norms and explores the fluidity of sexuality. Besides, Her evolution from a dutiful wife to a woman who embraces her true self is both empowering and thought-provoking.

5. Bijli from ‘Saas Bahu aur Flamingo’

Played by: Isha Talwar

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“Saas Bahu aur Flamingo” ushers in a new era with Bijli. Besides, a character who burns brightly as a beacon of individuality. Played by the captivating Isha Talwar, Bijli shatters stereotypes. Forget the quintessential bahu; Bijli’s vibrant personality and unwavering strength are rooted in her identity as a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. Torn between the love of her life, Naina, and the demands of her career, Bijli faces a complex choice. Talwar’s portrayal, however, is a triumph. She embodies a headstrong woman who refuses to settle. Moreover, her defiance of social norms a source of both humor and admiration. With effortless confidence, Bijli navigates the world, leaving audiences mesmerized by her bravery and brilliance. However, Talwar’s performance is a refreshing reminder that love and success can come in many forms. Moreover, sometimes the most dazzling flames are the ones that challenge the status quo.

6. Aman Tripathi from ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’

Played by: Jitendra Kumar

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While not an OTT show but a film, ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ is widely available on streaming platforms like Amazon Prime and deserves mention for its significant impact. Jitendra Kumar as Aman Tripathi brings humor and heart to his role as a gay man fighting for acceptance and love in a conservative family. The film and Aman’s character have played a crucial role in normalizing same-sex relationships in mainstream Indian cinema.

The Impact of LGBTQIA+ Representation

The portrayal of LGBTQIA+ characters in Indian OTT shows has played a vital role in fostering understanding and acceptance. Moreover, These characters have provided visibility to a marginalized community, offered relatable stories to LGBTQIA+ viewers. Further, educated wider audiences about the diverse spectrum of gender and sexuality. The nuanced storytelling and powerful performances have ensured that these characters are not just token representations but integral parts of the narratives they inhabit.

As Indian OTT platforms continue to push boundaries and explore diverse stories. However, the representation of LGBTQIA+ characters are set to grow stronger. Besides, These shows and characters are paving the way for more inclusive and authentic storytelling. However, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can see themselves reflected on screen.

In celebrating these iconic characters, we recognize the progress made and look forward to a future where the portrayal of LGBTQIA+ individuals is commonplace, celebrated, and embraced in all its complexity and beauty.

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Bigg Boss OTT 3 Contestant Shivani Kumari: If I Win Bigg Boss, It Will Be Victory Of All The Village Girls Who Are Confined To Their Houses

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Rural influencer Shivani Kumari from Uttar Pradesh is making her way in Bigg Boss OTT season 3, hosted by Bollywood star Anil Kapoor. She happens to be one of the exciting contestants to look forward to in the show.

Well, before Shivani gets into the Bigg Boss house, The Reelstars got in touch with the dancer and asked her a few questions.

In the Bigg Boss house participants get limited food and ration, so how would you deal with that?

“Well, food is never a problem of concern as I have survived without food for straight 2 days. I come from a village and unfortunately, I didn’t have a shelter to live and money to buy things for me. There have been days when I used to ask for food from others to fill my stomach. So surviving in the house without food won’t be a problem for me.”

Sometimes during the task, contestants may have to eat chilies, or shape the eyebrow, how would you deal with it?

“I can eat chillis, shape my eyebrows, and up for the challenges. All these things don’t really scare me.”

Are you entering the show with any strategy?

“I am not entering the show with any kind of pressure of strategy. I just want to enjoy my stint and won’t take things to heart.”

Are you the kind of person who gets angry easily?

“Not at all, I am a very calm person and hardly get angry. I understand the post consequences of anger. Even If I get angry, I don’t say things in a fit of anger but handle the situations smartly.”

What were your family’s reactions to participating in the show?

“My family is very supportive. They all were crying the day I left for Mumbai. But they are all happy for me and want me to win the show.”

What is your motive behind participating in Bigg Boss?

“I am here to prove that even village girls are at par and should be given platforms to showcase their talent. If I win Bigg Boss, it will be the victory of all the girls living in small villages who are confined to houses.”

About Shivani Kumari

Shivani Kumari hails from Aryari village in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district. She is a social media sensation known for showcasing her village life with her mother and sisters. She has over 4 million Instagram subscribers and a significant YouTube following. Shivani aims to make her mark like Manisha Kumari from Bihar did in Bigg Boss OTT 2.

Other confirmed contestants

This season will see social media stars like Vishal Pandey, Sana Sultan, Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit, Armaan Malik and his two wives, YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria, rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul and Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao, and journalist Deepak Chaurasia participating in the show.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 to premiere tonight on Jio Cinemas.

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Bigg Boss OTT 3 Contestant Vishal Pandey: Viewers Can Expect My Charming Side Of Personality

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Popular influencer Vishal Pandey who has been entertaining his fans with his engaging videos on social media, is set to take a big leap in his career. Vishal has been locked to participate in Bigg Boss OTT which is returning with season 3.

This season will be hosted by the ‘forever young’, and ‘jhakaas’ personality of Bollywood Anil Kapoor, taking over Salman Khan.

The excitement is at its peak as Bigg Boss lovers are anxiously looking forward to the new season to begin.

The Reelstars got in touch with Vishal and asked him a few questions before he began his Bigg Boss journey.

What are you expecting from your journey in the Bigg Boss house?

“I am expecting my journey to be authentic. With the work I have done on social media and entertaining viewers, I hope to receive love from my fans and Bigg Boss audience.”

What are your strengths to be the potential winner of the show?

“I am a very strong-headed, opinionated kind of a person. I respect others’ feelings which makes me different from others.”

Will you play games to impress show host Anil Kapoor?

“I am going play well in the show to impress my fans and janta.”

What can one expect from you in the show?

“Viewers can expect my charming side of personality. I want to be real and see myself going far in the show.”

Who has been your favourite Bigg Boss host?

“The one and all only Salman Khan. I am his huge fan and the kind of work he has done over the decades.”

About Vishal Pandey

Vishal Pandey is quite popular on Instagram for his lip-sync videos with Samiksha Sud and Bhavin Bhanushali. With a massive 9 million followers on his social media handles, he has also appeared in numerous music videos.

Other confirmed contestants

This season will see social media stars like Shivani Kumari, Sana Sultan, Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit, Armaan Malik and his two wives, YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria, rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul and Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao, and journalist Deepak Chaurasia participating in the show.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 to premiere tonight on Jio Cinemas.

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Know Which Social Media Stars Are Confirmed Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3

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As the premiere of Bigg Boss OTT season 3 nears, The Reelstars brings you the list of social media stars and Youtubers. Besides, who have been locked for the Anil Kapoor-hosted show.

This season of Bigg Boss OTT 3 will see a mix of TV actors, influencers, newsmakers, musicians, and sports personalities participating.

YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria

This season of Bigg Boss OTT 3 will see two popular YouTubers – Sagar Thakur. Furthermore, he popularly known as Maxtern and Luv Kataria aka Lovekesh, entering the show. Maxtern recently grabbed headlines after he accused fellow YouTuber Elvish Yadav of attacking him during a late-night meeting in Gurugram. Ironically, perhaps, Lovekesh happens to be Elvish’s dear friend. He is known for creating prank videos and engaging vlogs on his YouTube channel. Expect fireworks!

Rural influencer Shivani Kumari

Shivani hails from the tiny Aryari village in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district. She is a social media sensation known for showcasing her village life with her mother and sisters. She has over 4 million Instagram subscribers and a significant YouTube following. Shivani aims to make her mark like Manisha Kumari from Bihar did in Bigg Boss OTT 2.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Shivani Kumari

Social media star Vishal Pandey

Vishal Pandey is quite popular on Instagram for his lip-sync videos with Samiksha Sud and Bhavin Bhanushali. With a massive 9 million followers on his social media handles, he has also appeared in numerous music videos.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Vishal Pandey

Delhi’s Viral Vada Pav Girl Chandrika Dixit

Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit is also making her way into Bigg Boss OTT. With her bindaas attitude and dynamic personality, her fans would be looking forward to her journey in the reality show.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Chandrika Dixit

Influencer Sana Sultan

Sana Sultan is a popular model and was a TikTok content creator. With an eye watering 7 million following on Instagram. However, she has appeared in several popular Punjabi music videos, including ‘Dilwale’ by Sharry Mann and ‘Gustaakhi’ by Kaka. Her unique Urdu-speaking style sets her apart.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Sana Sultan

Content creator Armaan Malik and his two wives

Armaan Malik, who is known for creating engaging content and made headlines for having two wives. Moreover, he is entering the show along with both his better halves. For the first time in history, a contestant will participate in a show with not one but two wives. This should be interesting!

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Armaan Malik

Other popular celebrities who are also getting locked in the house are rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul and Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao, and journalist Deepak Chaurasia.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 will launch on 22 June on Jio Cinema at 9 pm.

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