By the time I was 9 years old, I had decided that Nikhil from Daddy would break my heart at the tender age of 18 - leaving me floundering in a state of melodramatic, bangle-breaking depression - until I was ready to be rescued from Heartbreak™ and my own female fragility, by my superhero: Raj from DDLJ. But alas, my childhood fantasy remained unfulfilled.
From growing up learning Carnatic music to launching their YouTube channel performing covers to finally becoming a full-time indie-pop artist, Teenasai's journey is a celebration for the desi queer community.
The show which will be making ten runs through August in the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York revisits the very controversial day of Eartha’s life at the white house and all the mayhem that ensued.
The premise of the book explores the very basics of homosexuality and what it means in the Indian contexts. It captures not nuanced sociological theories but instead the religious and indigenous understanding and hostility towards it.
Having followed KPop since 2014, I have watched as more and more of my friends and acquaintances find themselves drawn to this genre of music, drawn to KPop mega idols like BTS and EXO.
This pride month, the first after the milestone 377 verdict, there are a gazillion campaigns projected in the face of the desi queer community. This propaganda comes in the form of VIBGYOR brand names, adverts with vague references to same sex couples, stylized t-shirts and mugs and anything that can fleece of the middle class in the name of pride.
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.
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.
Given the sudden change in his circumstances, we—as Richard’s publishers, community of friends, and extended family of writers and readers who’ve come to love his work over the years—need to rally financial support to help him through the coming months.
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.
Super Deluxe steals you away for the entire show. It’s a brilliant piece of work. Unfortunately, in the theatre, I heard a few mocking laughs and snickers during the scenes with Shilpa, who is transgender.
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Through all the social commentary the show has tried to touch, it has really only done justice to surface concepts of class and sexuality that the newest working and earning generation of the subcontinent has begun to come to terms with.
The book is slim at just under 96 pages but impressively well-rounded, reading as diary writings with intimate reflections on Shraya’s complicated relationship with men, or rather masculinity.
One morning, as I sit on the floor in the corner of my room, stressed about something, I hear Troye’s music playing in the background. But this time, I don’t just hear it: I listen.
Where we actually are in the UK; part hiding, part free – looking over our shoulder before we kiss. As I glanced back at the other people in the cinema, a million miles away from us… fear someone would see me cuddling a girl was acute.
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.
It has been five years since Kalyan entered the music scene and he has definitely made his own mark. Even a half-hearted attempt to listen to his work will make one thing clear-- he is not afraid to chart his own path.
This show could have done miles better, but instead it has turned into a shallow South Bombay bourgeoisie alcohol fest with an equally horrific first world and misplaced idea of feminism and sexual liberation.