Excavating Queer Resonances in Indian Cinema Pre-Bomgay

Vikram Phukan  |  18 March 2016  |  Delhi

An illustrated talk by Vikram Phukan, a Mumbai-based playwright and stage critic, looking at queer references in Indian cinema before Riyad Wadia’s landmark film Bomgay (1996). This will be a walk-through of queer text and subtext in Indian cinema, starting with the silent era, through films that are lost or obscure and in mainstream films. The speaker is working on a book on this subject.


Vikram Phukan is a Mumbai-based playwright and stage critic. His work as playwright includes Stories in a Song, Limbo, an Indian adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Price, Tape-The King of Drag and an upcoming play based on Begum Akhtar. His directorial debut, Those Left Behind Things, a play he has written on Iranian asylum seekers, is slated to open in 2016. He is on the curatorial team of Wiener Festwochen (the Vienna Festival), for its Indian programme. He runs the theatre appreciation website, Stage Impressions and has formerly edited India’s first registered LGBT publication, Bombay Dost magazine (2009-10).