Male homoeroticism in yaari (colloquial Hindi for buddy) films; masquerade of often hypermasculine actors in drag; transvestites, effeminate men, and masculine women – these are all familiar queer tropes in popular Hindi cinema. However, contemporary Hindi cinema seems to be witnessing a gradual but crucial shift in representations of queer sexuality, particularly queer male sexuality – from the earlier tropes of homoeroticism and effeminate men to more distinct gay characters. Though mostly these characters exist on the periphery, yet they have been successful in situating the queer male not only with a distinct sexual identity, but have also been instrumental in conceiving a queer male sexuality devoid from the earlier markers of gender non-conformity. However, can one simply regard these new representations of the Indian gay in popular Hindi cinema in a more ‘positive’ light than the earlier gendered and homoerotic representations? Rather, as the following clips demonstrate, these new representations can, at times, be more problematic. In the scene from Page 3 (2005, Dir. Madhur Bhandarkar), Madhavi (Konkona Sen Sharma) walks in on her best friend Abhijeet (Rehaan Engineer playing the role of an ‘out’ gay) and her boyfriend. In Life in a…Metro (2007, Dir. Anurag Basu) Shruti (Konkona Sen Sharma again!) discovers her boyfriend Vishy (Gautam Kapoor) with his boss. In both these clips, the Indian gay comes across as promiscuous, hypersexual, and devoid of any moral and ethical qualms. Is the gay male now replacing the figure of the westernized vamp as the moral/sexual ‘Other’ in Hindi films? Interestingly, in the clip from Life in a…Metro, he actually needs the straight person to tell him that it is his “right” to be gay. In doing so, is the film trying to appeal/speak to an urbane, ‘liberal,’ cosmopolitan audience? As the conversation between Vishy and Shruti shows, the film doesn’t seem to be speaking to a queer audience, but rather to the ‘multiplex audience,’ liberal, urbane, and predominantly straight. Shruti: Listen, if you wanted to hide the reality from your parents, you could have just told me. I would have played along. Why did you convince me that you love me? Vishy: It’s not that simple! Shruti: It is that simple! You are gay. It is your life, you know. Straight, or gay, or whatever…that’s your right. But to destroy someone else’s life…that’s not your right. And it’s not right!