"Fire qualifies as a queer classic because it is the first Indian film to bring women in love out of the margins and into the mainstream and to provide a body to the shadow-like subliminal lesbian of film narratives in India. But more importantly, Fire inaugurates a new interpretive strategy by explicitly crossing the line between female homosociality and female homosexuality."
-- Shohini Ghosh
Ghosh, Shohini. Fire: A Queer Film Classic. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010. (p. 147)