Our Patron & Ambassador

Shyam Benegal

I support KASHISH as it helps to extend understanding of people in the broadest possible way and deepens the sense of humanity by including people of alternate sexuality. – Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal is a prolific Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films Ankur (1973), Nishant (1975), Manthan (1976), Bhumika (1977) and Susman (1987) he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the “parallel cinema” in India although he himself has expressed dislike in the term preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema. He won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi seven times. He has also won the Golden Palm at Cannes for Nishant in 1976, the Golden Bear at Berlinale for Ankur in 1974 and numerous other international awards. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1991. On 8 August 2007, he was awarded the highest award in Indian cinema for lifetime achievement, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2005.
Shyam Benegal is the Chairman of the extremely popular Mumbai Film Festival organized by MAMI.

Celina Jaitly

Goodwill ambassador of United Nations’ Free and Equal Campaign

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.

Celina Jaitly is a popular Indian actress who has acted in many mainstream commercial films.

A former beauty queen and model, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001. She represented India at the Miss Universe 2001 contest where she was a finalist and finished as the 4th Runner Up.

In 2003, she made her film debut in Feroz Khan’s Janasheen. Since then she has acted in several Bollywood films like Khel  Silsilay , Jawani DiwaniNo EntryA Youthful JoyrideZindaTom Dick, and HarryApna Sapna Money MoneySaaniaRed: The Dark SideShakalaka Boom BoomHeyy BabyyMoney Hai Toh Honey HaiGolmaal ReturnsPaying GuestsHello Darling and Thank You.

Celina Jaitly made her singing debut in 2014 with the song “The Welcome’’, about a gay marriage, which went viral on Youtube, with over quarter of a million views in just two weeks.

Celina Jaitly has been an ardent supporter of the rights and equality of the LGBT community and supports the gay rights movement in India. She has led the Queer Pride Marches in Mumbai for three years.