“Do you realise that your statement will push so many people who struggle with their identity back into stuffy closets?”
From Aligarh to Udta Punjab, Hindi cinema this past year has explored unusual themes of homosexuality, drug abuse and patriarchy that not too long ago were unthinkable in mainstream cinema.
While director Hansal Mehta says the censorship was unavoidable, the film’s writer Apurva Asrani has been left fuming.
It is silly to say the film Aligarh defames the city, as some groups have said. If anything, it challenges homophobia
No matter how many times Aligarh’s Siras changes his physical address, his emotional address remains the same.
Hansal Mehta’s achievement is to turn what first appeared to the public as a sensational sex scandal into a quiet and reflective film that bears witness to the humiliation suffered by Siras and his struggle to preserve his dignity.
As it considers curative petitions seeking the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the Supreme Court must realise that acts of prejudice which provoke hate crimes and push people towards death need to be redeemed by the law.