HOMOSEXUALITY IN INDIA
Homosexuality is generally considered a taboo subject by both Indian civil society and the government. Public discussion of homosexuality in India has been inhibited by the fact that sexuality in any form is rarely discussed openly. In recent years, however, attitudes towards homosexuality have shifted slightly.
In particular, there have been more depictions and discussions of homosexuality in the Indian news media and by Bollywood. On 2 July 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalised homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, throughout India, where Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was adjudged to violate the fundamental right to life and liberty and the right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
BOLLYWOOD AND THE GAYS
The film Dunno Y, released on November 2010, was the first Indian movie that shows gay males kissing. Dunno Y was filmed one year after homosexuality was decriminalized in India and was released after seven months of deliberation from the Indian authority in charge of the censorship. Dunno Y provoked different reactions throughout Indian society: Kapil Sharma, one of the main actors, has even received hate mail and threats from anonymuos source, some of them saying that homosexuality has nothing to do with Indian culture and that is something imported from the West.
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In Mumbai, Cinemax and Fun Cinema refused to screen the movie, arguing that their family-oriented business could be affected negatively by the explicit content of the movie.
The reaction of the public has been diverse, but if we believe the box office numbers, most of the public does not seem too pissed off : Dunno Y is doing so well that the heaters that are screening it plan to increase the number of scheduled shows.
“Homosexuality has always been part of every culture,” said Kapil to the BBC in response of the hate mail and a small riot near his building.
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, one of the most important gay activists of India, received the movie as a realist portrait of homosexuality and he expressed his hope that more filmmakers feel encouraged to show homosexuality in their movies.
A book on same sex love in India
“This remarkable volume brings together an encyclopedic collection of writings on the subjects of love between women and love between men in India from ancient times to the present.” —Lillian Faderman, author of To Believe in Women: What Lesbians Have Done for America–A History
“This enchanting collection is a tribute to an ancient civilization which has always cherished love that defies conventional ideas of sanity and normality.” —Ashis Nandy, author, The Intimate Enemy, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
“…an extremely useful compilation of material on same-sex love in India, accompanied by insightful analyses of contemporary social mores at the time that the poems, stories and novels were written.” —India Today
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