A recently released Hindi film portrayed 'lavender marriage', which sparked conversation across movie halls and living rooms. Queer individuals share lived experiences that delve into the multifaceted implications of pretence and how it impacts their wellbeing
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'Badhaai Do' starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar received accolades for portraying 'lavender marriage'—a marriage of convenience entered into with an intention to conceal the socially stigmatised sexual orientation of one or both partners. While lavender marriage is an extreme case of pretending in order to conform to societal expectations, many closeted LGBTQIA+ individuals have to resort to everyday acts to mask their identities—from having to hide their same-sex relationships to staying silent in the face of homophobia.