Didi tera dewar deewana is a clip from the film Hum aapke hain kaun (1994), directed by Subhash Ghai, starring Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit.
The film was the biggest family film of the year. However within its conventional narrative is a queer moment that is deeply coded. In this clip from the most popular song, a woman dresses up as a man to flirt with the female protaganist and to simulate sex with her under a sheet. The song translates as - Sister, your brother in law is crazy.
The article in which Shohini Ghosh analyses the queer possibilities of this moment can be found online at
Gayatri Gopinath also examines this moment in her book and article on queer cinema in India, 'Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas'.
Shohini Ghosh in her article 'Queer pleasures for queer people: Film, television and sexuality in India', points out that the song is transgressive at many levels including gesturing towards the eroticism inherent in relations between a man and wife's sister or a woman and husband's brother. But it also allows for an erotic interaction between two women, like in other films Mere Mehboob (1963), Yeh aag kab bhujegi (1991) and Kamasutra (1997).
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/