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#LoveIsLove: An Indian LGBTI Film Is Winning Hearts On Emirates Flights!

#LoveIsLove: An Indian LGBTI Film Is Winning Hearts On Emirates Flights!

“I came out of the closet, but I feel like I locked my mother in one,” says Karthik (played by Devanch Doshi), the protagonist of the movie, Evening Shadows. His story is a familiar one, a coming-out drama set in a small town of South India. Karthik is a photographer by profession, who lives in Mumbai. He comes back to his hometown to come clean to his parents. 

This film that explored conflicting viewpoints of two generations was screened over 50 international festivals. It had a successful run at the festival circuit and won 16 awards in various categories. And now it is making yet another record by becoming the first LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) film to go on air in Emirates Airline’s in-flight entertainment.

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Well, we have to say it’s a bold move for a country like United Arab Emirates that  criminalises same-sex relations. 

Director Sridhar Rangayan spoke to an online media portal and shared his excitement, “It is exhilarating to have a gay-themed film on an airline in-flight entertainment, and it is perhaps the first for an Indian LGBTQ film,” he said. “It helps reach our film across the skies. Emirates Airline is a progressive airline and we are happy to have our film screened as part of the New Bollywood releases. It definitely shows that our film… is a true family film,” he added.

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A while ago, it was also picked up by Netflix that gave a new life to the movie. Reportedly, Evening Shadows is also the first Indian LGBTI film to get a child-friendly rating. 

The film’s director had started working on the story in 2009, but the project couldn’t be completed due to a shortage of funds. However, the makers were able to raise money through crowdfunding and the movie went into production in 2016. 

The funds from the film were used to set up a parents’ support group for LGBTQ children, Sweekar-The Rainbow Parents. The director, reportedly, told the media portal, “As part of its outreach, is doing really well with more than 60 parents being part of the group. These parents from Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, New York and Auckland are continuously in touch with each other, building each other’s confidence and also helping new parents through peer counseling,” he said. And the film also won some phenomenal reactions from people who watched it on Netflix.

Well, the movie sure deserves it!

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