In a scene in Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger’s Ennis tells his partner Jack how he, as a boy, had witnessed the lynching of a queer couple. “My dad, he made sure me and my brother saw it. For all I know, he did it,” says Ennis.

Writer Suparn Varma and additional screenplay writer Ritu Bhatia have recreated a similar horrific scene in His Storyy.

The series traces the story of Sakshi (Priyamani) and Kunal (Mishra), whose seemingly perfect marriage is a mirage.

The writing and Prashant Bhagia’s direction bring forth several other important discussions.

From depicting how misogyny is bred in young minds to commenting on the high school bullying culture and homophobia, the series checks many important boxes, though its take is sometimes simplistic. I never quite understand why parents who rightly diagnose their teenage son as a bully, bigot and body shamer, never encourage him for therapy. That said, the story achieves too much to fault it for its glitches. I hope Season 2 ties the loose ends left unknotted this time.  There is a reason everyone should get a chance to catch this one, especially Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, who recently tweeted, “If one went by the current Indian content on OTTs, it seems like the whole country has turned gay and lesbian (sic.)”  It’s never too late to get schooled, after all.

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