LGBTQ films will become part of mainstream when we stop othering them: Apurva Asrani

LGBTQ films will become part of mainstream when we stop othering them: Apurva Asrani
By: PTI | Mumbai |

September 16, 2020 9:27:58 PM

Apoorva Asrani Bollywood writerApoorva Asrani was speaking at a virtual press conference to announce a nomination for the Screenwriter Association (SWA) Award 2020 for ‘Best Gender Sensitive Script’. (Photo: Apoorva Asrani / Instagram)

Writer-editor Apoorva Asrani says that a better cinematic story about the LGBTQ community will only happen when there is a collaborative effort from people across the gender.

Asrani, who advocates for critically acclaimed films like Aligarh and Simran, said that films and web series based on LGTBQ’s character are going on today, but others in the community need to stop to make it more mainstream.

“If a community is marginalized, whether it is a religious community or LGTBQ, it affects society in general. We cannot work without each other.

Asrani told reporters, “When we embrace these stories and characters as our own and do not see LGBTQ as ‘other’, these films will also become part of the mainstream.”

He was speaking at a virtual press conference to announce a nomination for ‘Best Gender Sensitive Script’ for the Screenwriters Association (SWA) Awards 2020.

Asrani said that inclusivity is the key to a good creative collaboration because it is the only way to “holistic” treatment for the story.

“If you’re making a film about a female protagonist, then you have to accept that you don’t know enough because you’re not a woman. The moment you include a woman as your creative collaborator and talk about her Try to understand, then your story becomes more holistic. “

Even though the number of mainstream films about LGTBQ characters has increased, including Sonam Kapoor-starrer Ek Ladki Koi Deewana Aisa Laga and Ayushman Khurana-opposite Shubha Mangal Zayada Savdhan, she has been called to suffer from a heterosexual . Gaze.

Asrani, whose writing of a close homosexual man in Aligarh had earned appreciation for its sensitivity, believes that dealing with community stories is not necessarily a mere gay gaze.

“The gaze should be a mixture of gay, heterosexual, because eventually your story is going to a wider audience and you want to start a conversation. A conversation is never one-sided. There should be another point of view as well.”

The 42-year-old Munshi said both films were important, especially because they were in the headlines by popular stars, but I wish they would have been told more sensitively.

“I think the films lacked a certain kind of sensitivity and you could tell that the members of the community were not involved with ‘Shubh Mangal …’ as ‘Ek Ladakhi Ko De Toh Aisa Laga’.” Some kind of sensitivity.

“I think there needs to be a little more. Cooperation with people from all walks of life is essential to identify various points in the spectrum. Then it becomes more lively as a live story. “
For the SWA Awards, Asrani is part of the jury for the Best Gender Sensitive Script Award, along with fellow filmmakers Ashwini Iyer Tiwari and Leena Yadav.

The five feature films nominated include Sagar Gupta and Sridhar Rangayan’s Evening Shadows; Qasim Khalove’s hair gone; Sony by Ivan Eyre and Kislyay; The Sholay Girl by Faizal Akhtar, Sameer Siddiqui and Shrabani Deodhar; And Farooq Kabir, Kushan Mustafa and Siddharth Mishra 377 A. B. Normal.

The winner will be announced at an online awards ceremony on 27 September.

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