In 2016, Paras was awarded the Roshan Award of the BlueCat International Screenplay Contest. Out of 4,500 submissions, his screenplay titled Deepest, Darkest or How Not To Lie put him in contact with notable agents and talent managers in Hollywood.
2005 was not a queer-friendly time, so for Ang Lee to go out on a limb and create a movie as remarkable and open as Brokeback Mountain caused a stir in the fairly heterosexual nature of Hollywood.
The movie was able to resonate deeply within the queer community of India as it showcases an important step that every queer person has to take at some point in their lives – coming out to family.
The film does nothing to challenge patriarchal norms but rather neatly works within them, and that’s one of the reasons for the film’s success. It doesn’t require us to look within and change anything, but it reinforces already held beliefs and, at most, asks for minor readjustments to allow the audience to applaud their ability to learn and revel in their liberal and progressive world-views. We’ve learnt so much. Let’s not slap the good self-sacrificing woman, shall we?
Every year there is a new iteration of high school drama with actors that do not look like teenagers playing teenagers, because the kind of stuff they portray in these movies cannot be appropriate for teenage actors to perform.
Directed by Hitesh Kewalya, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has moments where it manages to deliver scathing one-liners that leave the viewers in stitches, but never at the expense of the sexuality of the protagonists.
I’m sorry, but who are you Mr. Khurrana and team to tell anyone that they are "incomplete"?
It has so far been promising, unlike the past where gay men have been stereotyped, caricatured and being looked upon as another funny character in a vast premise of happenings.
Tae struggles to breathe. The air from his lungs rushes out as if escaping him. A pool of red grows larger and larger under him, and he feels it through his skin.
A Little More Blue does not merely represent the suffering of trans people trapped in the wrong body, but it represents how trans people’s mental health is impacted.
If You Dare Desire (or Abar Jaadi Ichcha Kardo) directed by Debalina Majumder, wishes a hopeful trajectory of Swapna and Sucheta’s life, one where they do not leave a six-page suicide letter but run away from their village to be together.
I tried to remember if the booth on screen is the same booth that I and my partner usually go and get a security check from. I couldn’t recognise it. I stopped thinking and concentrated on the film.
From the expansive shots of Mumbai, we are eased into the ground with Sunny standing in a lift while their neighbours eye their masculinized attire.
The film, just like our young and ambitious director, doesn't shy away from a topic that our traditionalist society would consider a taboo.
In an exclusive interview with team Gaysi, director Jijo Kuriakose shares his experiences working on Njan Sanjo and articulates his thoughts on the importance of self-representation in queer-centric media.
160 films from 43 countries were screened across a span of five days starting from 12th June to 16th June. Although I could attend only the last three days, I had a blast at Kashish and also learnt a lot.
If this weekend in Mumbai, then you must watch these LBT films at Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.
Being South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, it has never failed to astound us with the sheer diversity in films. This year’s theme is ‘Over the Rainbow’ which comes after a milestone, however symbolic, victory for LGBTQIA+ rights in India after the decriminalization of the archaic and highly notorious section 377.
Tim Wolff received his education from the California Institute of the Arts Directing for Theatre and Film program, studying closely with legendary director Alexander Mackendrick and two-time Oscar winning documentarian Terry Sanders.
From the deep, deep world of fandom and AUs, gay couples made their rounds as the side story of many YA books and Wattpad fiction I devoured as I grew up.