Shabana Azmi lauds representation of the LGBTQ community in Hindi movies and shows
Bollywood as an industry is changing with times and is opening up its horizons. The filmmakers are pushing the envelope and making films on taboo topics as well. Last year, India’s apex court i.e. Supreme Court abolished Section 377, which criminalised homosexuality. Now, Shabana Azmi has lauded the acceptance of homosexuality in films.
Shabana Azmi in 1996 acted in Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Fire’, which showcased a homosexual relationship. ‘Fire’ faced massive protests by the sections of the society. Currently, Zoya Akhtar’s web series ‘Made In Heaven’ deals with the issue of same-sex-relationship.
The veteran actress in an interview with news agency IANS said, “Look, that film released in 1996. Since then if I look at the journey till ‘Made In Heaven’, which is a recent example, I have to say that space has opened up, really. I always believe that films are a reflection of our society and good films can influence society. There is a relation… but there is an acceptance and that has to be applauded.”
The times have certainly changed and the LGBTQ community has been at the forefront to change the mindset. And urging people to be more broad-minded towards homosexuality.
Shabana further added, “Parental support is needed when a youngster is coming out of the closet. I would suggest a film (‘Evening Shadows’) by Sridhar (Rangayan)… It is a mother-son story. When the mother learns that her son is homosexual, she gets horrified. But later how they understand each other… that is a very beautiful narrative. Watching that film will surely lead to a lot of sensitisation.”
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