A clip from Paisa Vasool (2004) directed by Srinivas Bashyam, starring Manisha Koirala and Sushmita Sen.
Very few films in Indian cinema deal with friendships and relationships between women. This makes Paisa Vasool almost a unique experiment as it uses the format of a buddy/comedy film, but has two female protaganists. Though the film can't necesarily be read as queer or lesbian (inspite of the aggressive masculine role of Sen and femme in need of rescue played by Koirala) it is an account of a close friendship between two women who live together, fight with each other and eventually triumph over the villains.
The film has been written by Anurag Kashyap.
This clip is part of the Queering Bollywood database, an exhibition and demonstration of a collection of queer readings of Indian cinema. This open and collaborative database of articles, film clips, magazine stories, etc., has been compiled by Namita Malhotra, Lawrence Liang and many others at Alternative Law Forum and in Bangalore. For more, see http://media.opencultures.net/queer/