Fantastic Trailer.. looks like Bajpayee will nail the role and might get even National Award! I’ve always felt Hansal Mehta will someday make a great film. Maybe this movie will be his calling card, more than Shahid!
Long back, when I watched Manoj Bajpayee in Veer Zaara, his performance as the chilly Pakistani fiancé of Zaara — it gave me goosebumps. I have always believed that Manoj is probably even a better actor than Naseer or Om.
Thats kinda mean.
aligarh is based on true story. Whether it goes hollywood or cannes or oscar, doesn’t take away from Hansal’s talent and desire to tell this poignant tale of this prof, where if I am not mistaken he was killed or he died prematurely.
On Brokeback mountain: It is really nice movie, ang lee at his best and Heath is just fab in it. The last scene of B-M, always-always makes me bawl my eyes out, in a very unexpected way (I am not a crying type of person; more of rolling eyes type especially if director trys to manipulate). Truely “love” is not always what we think/perceive. I can’t recall ever crying on any of romantic (hetero) movies ever.
“There goes your spoiler.”
Lol AJ. Nice one.
Lady Diana died in car accident, one way to look at it is papparazzi killed her with the chase. He surely committed suicide but had the society been more accepting, he may have been happily married man or man with lot of special friends.
So there goes your spoiler.
Do I smell homophobia? I hope not….
Supreme Court of India shall hear the Curative Petition in open court (normally curative are heard in chambers, without presence of lawyer and only with paper book reading, as per my understanding) after it had allowed the said request two years ago when Ashok Desai (former Attorney General for India, Harish Salve (former Solicitor General), Mukul Rohatgi (Current Attorney General for India) and other lawyers had mentioned the matter.
The matter shall be heard by Thakur (Chief Justice of India), Dave J and Keher J.
February 2, 2016 will be a big day for India’s gay and lesbian community as after their almost two-year wait, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur will hear in open court the curative petition filed by Naz Foundation Trust and several eminent personalities, including film director Shyam Benegal, against its December 2013 verdict re-criminalising homosexual acts. A curative petition is the last judicial resort available for redressal of grievances in court which is normally decided by judges in-chamber. In rare cases, such petitions are given an open court hearing. WHAT THE PLEA SAYS? Highlighting the fundamental principles of ‘justice is above all’ and ‘no party should suffer because of mistake of the Court’, the curative petitions filed on April 23, 2014 points out that this remains a fit case for the exercise of curative jurisdiction by the Supreme Court. “Pertinently, the most glaring error in the Supreme Court decision is the failure of the Court to notice the effect of the amendment in the offence of rape in Section 375, IPC on Section 377. After the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, Section 375 prohibits both penile vaginal and penile-non vaginal sexual acts between man and woman, without consent. By implication, such sexual acts between man and woman, which are consensual, are not criminalized anymore. Therefore, consensual penile non-vaginal acts in a heterosexual context would be out of the ambit of Section 377, otherwise the amendment in Section 375 would become meaningless. Presently, in effect, Section 377 only criminalises all forms of penetrative sex, i.e., penile-anal sex and penile-oral sex, between man and man, which makes it ex facie discriminatory against homosexual men and transgender persons and thus violative of Article 14”, the plea filed through senior advocate Anand Grover said. “The amendments came into force in February, 2013, long after the conclusion of final arguments in March, 2012 but way before the pronouncement of the judgment in December, 2013. The Court ought to have noticed the import of the statutory amendments and their effect on Section 377 and ruled accordingly” it said. The Petition further notes the gross miscarriage of justice that has resulted from the Supreme Court decision in misreading the legislative intention in not amending Section 377 during the criminal law amendments in 2013. At the time of debating changes to the rape law, Section 377 was raised in the Lok Sabha, but the House refrained from discussing it, because the matter was sub-judice. “This legislative deference to judicial process cannot be seen as an endorsement of the existing Section 377 and by doing so, the Supreme Court has committed a manifest error of law.” it said. The petition also highlights several other instances of patent errors on the face of the record in the judgment, including non-consideration of the main contentions of the Curative Petitioner and wrong application of law, which have caused manifest injustice, affecting lakhs of homosexual men and transgender persons in India. Community members, meanwhile, are keeping their fingers crossed. The past two years have been a harrowing time for many of them. They are also aware that only two such curative petitions have succeeded so far in the history of the apex court. In March 2013, the SC allowed a curative petition against its 2009 judgment which held that if a woman kicked her daughterin-law or threatened her with divorce, it would not amount to cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. In April 2010, the SC also corrected a mistake in its verdict that had led to wrongful detention of four accused in a 21-year-old murder case without any hearing. Naz claims after the re-criminalisation of gay sex, blackmail for extorting money (in many cases threatening to complain to police or parents after filming the act), intimidation, and harassment of gay and lesbian community members by organised gangs and police, have increased manifold – as have rapes and other kinds of torture. The 2014-15 report recently released by Naz proves this. Based on the calls that flood their helpline seeking counselling, the report for the first time categorised the kinds of harassment faced by members of the community and their grievances under various heads. According to the report, 38 per cent of callers were confused or had problems with their sexuality and feelings. Thirty-five per cent of them suffered blackmail and intimidation from gangs and police, who extorted money. They also had problems dealing with break-ups and were not able to find a trustworthy partner. Twenty-eight per cent of them wondered if they could have safe sex, and were under the fear that they would contract HIV after engaging in homosexual acts. WHAT HC RULED The Delhi High Court had on July 3, 2009 legalised homosexual acts between consenting adults by overturning the 149-year-old law finding it unconstitutional and a hurdle in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We declare Section 377 of IPC insofar as it criminalises consensual sexual acts of adults in private as violative of…the Constitution,” a bench headed by then HC chief Justice A P Shah . “As it stands, the section denies a gay person a right to full personhood…” the bench had added.
Daaravtha is one of the most heart-warming films I have seen in recent times. This 30-minutes short by Nishant Roy Bombarde (producer of the National Award-winning Elizabeth Ekadashi and Sairat, which premiered last week at the Berlin Film Festival), tracks a story of a young boy — Pankaj, also endearingly called Pankya or Panku (Nishant Bhavsar), who is a little bit different from his peers.
Pankya is not interested in sports. He would much rather learn to dance with girls of his age group, get henna designs on his hands, play with his mother’s makeup kit. He is also attracted to an older boy Milind, who has just moved to his village. And for all of this, he is often gets bullied by the other boys in his school.
Pankya is cast in a school dance performance, where he will get a chance to play the female love interest to Milind’s character. But Pankya’s father is shocked and pulls his son out of the dance performance. Only Pankya’s mother (played by the lovely Marathi actress Nandita Patkar) understands him.
Through the 30 minutes of this beautiful film, Bombarde and his characters do not address issues of sexuality and gender. The film does not take a political stand on these matters. Instead by focusing on — at times the sad life, although he does dream of happy moments — of a young boy, Daaravtha emphasises the need for compassion and how important it is for us to appreciate those who may be different from us.
It is really unfortunate that the censor board has given Daaravtha an A certificate. This film should be seen by all, especially by teenagers, many who grapple with similar issues and have no recourse to understand why they are different from others.
‘To be complimented for a fantastic performance after just viewing the trailer! This never happened to me before.’
‘If you have given a party a mandate for five years, stop blaming it for everything under the sun.’
‘My kind of films do not make stars. Now we, the actors, after years of struggle, have created a parallel industry where we have made a name for ourselves. But stars we are not nor can we be.’
‘For a boy coming from a remote village of Bihar at the Indo-Nepal border where no transport was available to commute to the nearest town, even coming to Delhi and then Mumbai and finally watching himself on the silver screen was a huge thing!’
I recently watched his (bajpai’s) life story on a hindi interview (guftagoo, doordharshan channel) and was blown over by what he had to go thru’ to be where he is today. He and Nawaz (possibly Irrfan too) are children of farmer in a remote of remote villages of India, speaking no english but having dreams of joining NSD, learning the craft (as opposed to becoming abig movie star). What a journey of determination, grits and winning against all odds. WTG
After watching Bajpai interview and what he had to go thru’ I feel: They should make several NSDs, all over India or maybe one per state to begin with. To have only 18-19 seats, in a single institute like NSD and reserved seats on top is pure injustice in a huge country like India. So talent like Bajpai shouldn’t struggle. Aside: in the light of all the student ‘angst’ like JNU student, institutions like NSDs should/would help. Better to express that anger/angst/misguided trauma thru’ art than thru’ empty naras and morchas.