The team behind KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
Sridhar Rangayan is a filmmaker, writer and activist. He has consistently strived to give a voice to LGBT issues in India through his films, writings and public speaking for over two decades. His award-winning films The Pink Mirror, Yours Emotionally, 68 Pages and Project Bolo present hard-hitting social issues with humour & warmth. He is the Founding Trustee of The Humsafar Trust and served on its board for 19 years. He is also the Festival Director of FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival founded in 2010 as well as the Founder Festival Director of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Programming
Saagar Gupta is a freelance media professional and a reputed writer and poet. Being in the TV & Film industry for more than a decade he has worked with some of the best production houses and almost every General Entertainment Channels. Having written for several popular Hindi TV series like Rishtey, Gubbare, Left Right Left, Jassi Jaise Koi Nahi and Radha Ki Betiyaan etc he has also penned the Hindi, Urdu dialogues for Kalpana Lajmi’s critically acclaimed film, Darmiyaan and more recently for Aa Muskuraa, an advocacy film for National AIDS Control Organization. He has penned the lyrics for film, 68 Pages and Sahaay Helpline and is the co-producer for The Pink Mirror and Yours Emotionally. He has also worked with the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and was actively involved as Junior Festival Manager for their prestigious the Golden Elephant International Children’s Film Festival. Since the beginning of KASHISH MIQFF in 2010 he has been the curator and programmer for the festival. When free he loves to experiment in kitchen or research about Hindi Cinema’s by-gone era. email@example.com
Director of Communications & Operations
Shibu Thomas is a media professional. For over a decade he has been working as journalist with leading newspapers in India. From the heat and dust of political campaigns to terror trials, a `Save Eye’ campaign in Thailand to the Inaugural F1 Grand Prix in Shanghai, he has written on local and national issues, Bollywood and travel. His focus in recent years has been on legal issues, especially when it intersects with his areas of interest – development, environment and human rights. He has been the driver for all the publicity and media outreach for KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival over the past four years. firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a great time at KASHISH, it opened a window for me to see the diversity of India, beyond anything I knew before. The festival was big, smart, fun and friendly. I got to know a lot of new friends, very inspired! It was also great to connect LGBT community between China and India. The conversation about family issue was very interesting.
It's been a great experience attending KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival. It's such an exciting festival with dedicated audience. The volunteers are full of energy, motivated, working hard and always there to help with a sincere smile. The festival is also a reliable platform for Indian queer films and has a big potential to be on of the important film festivals in Asia.
It was a great time meeting local filmmakers, tasting some authentic food and generally understanding more about being LGBT in India. I've always believed that we live in a global village where most experiences are shared - but I also like diversity, that’s what I enjoyed during my time at KASHISH.
Film Festivals such as KASHISH must be protected and nurtured. Because it is a niche within the niche of film festivals. I am happy to be part of the jury of a festival of cinema that celebrates diversity and makes spaces for difference.
It is lovely to be here. I wish KASHISH goes from strength to strength and scale to scale.
KASHISH provides an insight into the lives of a marginalised community and offers a platform to bring them into the mainstream. KASHISH is an annual cultural event in Mumbai.
I was stuck by the sheer enthusiasm, commitment and dedication of Kashish team and I hope the festival grows and goes from strength to strength. Kashish is a wonderful platform to celebrate diversity and also to educate people about the issues faced by the LGBT community.
I am very happy to be associated with Kashish for the second year as its ambassador. Kashish is a great platform to uphold human rights and dignity for all, which is what i strongly believe in too. Kashish is a celebration of the equality of all human emotions irrespective of sex, creed, race and culture.
Cinema has no boundaries, cinema is meant to break barriers and KASHISH is a wonderful attempt to provide a mainstream platform for the LGBT community which is relegated to the margins. If films can be made on zero budget, like I have seen in KASHISH, then I would not be surprised if some more money could produce a blockbuster.