Shelly Chopra Dhar: Bollywood director

Jan 16, 02:00 AM

Alice meets movie director Shelly Chopra Dhar, whose debut movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) is the first commercial Bollywood movie to put a lesbian couple centre stage.

Born into a family of major Bollywood producers, Shelly never got the chance to join them - she was “married and packed off”, and only began her own film career once her children were in school. One of those children turned out to be gay - and Shelly’s experience raising a gay child inspired her to make Ek Ladki. 

We talked about her Trojan horse tactics to bring an LGBT story with a message of acceptance to the biggest possible audience, complete with huge stars including Sonam and Anil Kapoor.

You can find Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga on Netflix, in the UK and around the world.