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.
While Lust Stories and Veere Di Wedding have taken Hindi cinema by its horns for getting super late in giving us a sensitive portrayal of sex toys, our society still believes that sex toys are for singles, elderly women getting no sex, only for BDSM etc.
I had an opportunity to talk to Diya about her art, what it entails, and how she sees it. And after talking to her about this project, Lorde’s words become more relevant.
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.
Aneesha, who teamed up with photographer Harish and stylist Divya, collaborated for NAAZ to give us a glimpse of what it means to live in a post-377 India through 6 young voices of the community.
I am here to tell you, yes you the ardent Agatha devourer, why this stunningly plotted mystery has to be your next read.
“Love. No Boundaries” makes a deep reconnaissance of the anxieties and hopes of the LGBTQ community and seams them into a narrative of love and the struggles that the community continues to face in their path to a married life.
But contrary to my imaginations of it being fun, polyamory turned out to be a piece of work! You had to make time for multiple people, albeit in different capacities, and be honest with each one of them, including yourself.
For someone who remembers her childhood in flashbacks of Shaktimaan TV reruns, my father’s imported DVD collection of Superman and X-Men, and copies of Chacha Chadhury and Nagraj picked up for their chamakte illustrations, the reality of a lesbian Batwoman who isn’t overtly sexualized like every female character in comic universes is something.
Erotic art based in queer lives often blurs the line between pleasure and heterosexual fetishization and objectification.
ELKDTAL seams the gravity of depicting a lesbian relationship in our largely shushed society and the expected dreaminess of standing in a wheat stalk field waiting for love to sweep you by, a mainstream Bollywood trope for heterosexual love.
When you are informed about your how your social and cultural locations serve as cushioning platforms to rely on for opportunities and prospects of growth, it is usually dismissal, explanation, and/or reflection that follow.
If straight means uniformity, mainstream, non-deviant, symmetry even, then what adjectives will you use for someone who identifies as queer, for example?
At the unexpectedness of my bluntness
And ask me how can I know
About the constantly negotiating
Measurements in your head.
I realised that there is a fear of women who are in charge of their sexuality