Recently, Bollywood has portrayed homosexual relationships in a better light, such as in Dostana, Men Not Allowed and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.
Actors of Indian descent have played homosexual roles in foreign movies.
The Yājñavalkya Smṛti prescribes fines for such acts including those with other men.With its 1997 release in India, it stirred up a heated controversy throughout the country.In 2004 The Journey (2004 film) Malayalam feature film written, directed and produced by Ligy J.In 1999, LGBT-India was established on egroups, and later transitioned to yahoogroups.
Such mailing lists, established well before the advent of social networking sites, continue to remain the mainstay for discussion among middle-class, English-speaking Indians, and include LGBT-India, Gay Bombay, Good As You (Bangalore), Pratibimb (Hyderabad), and Movenpick/Orinam (Chennai).
Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth played gay roles opposite each other in Shamim Sarif's I Can't Think Straight and The World Unseen.