‘KASHISH Chachitra Utsav’ in Mumbai

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KASHISH will organize day-long regional language LGBTQ film festival for the first time

KASHISH Arts foundation will organize a day long regional language LGBTQ film festival for the first time as part of Mumbai Pride Month activities. The event titled ‘KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav’ to be held on January 27th from 10.30am to 10.00pm at P.L.Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Prabhadevi will feature 14 Indian LGBT films in Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi.

The films which have won awards at KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will bring to the audience a better understanding of gay, lesbian and transgender lives in India.

Some of the films to be screened are ‘Jayjaykar’ a feature film in Marathi starring Dilip Prabhavalkar, National Award winning short films ‘Mitraa’ by Ravi Jadhav and ‘Daaravtha’ by Nishant Roy Bombarde.

Other films are That’s My Boy (Malayalam), Walking The Walk (Telugu), TransIndia (Gujarati), Sundar (Marathi), Kusum (Bengali), A Full Stop That Searches For Its End… (Tamil), Shot (Marathi), Wajood (Hindi), Bhram (Marathi),  A Love Such As This (Marathi) and Any Other Day (Marathi, Hindi).

Prominent transgender activists, filmmakers and other eminent personalities will grace the occasion.

“We want to bring the focus on regional language LGBT cinema, to highlight the amazing diversity of stories and views by filmmakers across India. These films also show the diversity of India as a country, but underline the fact that LGBT community still do not have the rights as free citizens of India. While the governments at state levels are making an effort to offer facilities to the transgender community, it is more important for society to ensure the community is not discriminated against”, said Sridhar Rangayan, festival director.

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival and the first mainstream LGBTQ film festival in India. It has been held in Mumbai for the past 8 years and the 9th edition will be held May 23-27, 2018 at Liberty Cinema.

More information about KASHISH at http://mumbaiqueerfest.com

Facebook event page for KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav – https://www.facebook.com/events/133507780699330/

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