“People may still be a little afraid of society or the idea that some people are different,” says Gulshan. “It’s conceivable that it’s kind of a genetic threat to some people.”
While “Badhaai Do” was one of the few films that got the right notes when it came to representing LGBTQIA+, many films didn’t do justice to the subject matter. Talking about the same, Gulshan says, “Some storytellers are really accepting and inclusive, but others are all inclusive only to please the lobby or make money in some direction, which is wrong because it is not honest and leads to shallow representations. There was the era when it was done Using queer characters in comics. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that but when society doesn’t have proper acceptance in normal society, it becomes painful to use it in comics. But I think we’re moving forward with that now. It’s not perfect yet but it’s a lot better than it was in Films of the seventies into the twenty-first century.
director Oner, known for films like My Brother… Nikhil, and I Am among others, hit a snag in the way of his next movie “We Are” as the script was rejected by the military due to the sexual orientation of an army officer portrayed in the movie. Recently, the United Arab Emirates banned Pixar’s animated movie “Lightyear” from showing in theaters after it included a kiss between two lesbian characters. “Eternals” did not make it to the box office in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar because it depicted a same-sex relationship.
Talking about the same, Gulshan says, “Onyer has been fighting battles for a long time and I hope that telling his stories becomes better and easier for him. With regard to some countries in the Middle East, this is a legal problem. Laws are interpreted or based on religion and that is the problem of gay stories. I don’t know what the solution is. Time, patience and a real approach to trying to get them to have a scientific perspective maybe. Resistance could be due to lack of understanding, religious beliefs or fear of change. Mostly it is fear that a certain way of life might cease to exist. And humans They are very reluctant to change or accept anything they fear.”
When asked how the perception of the gay community and the stories about their lives would change, he said, “By being honest and patient and not sending an abolitionist army to bomb shit of any kind of resistance. It will take a while but not forever (in my opinion). The approach will not work. Aggressiveness only creates a more aggressive opposition because it is more about power than it is true. Of course these things are exploited for political and personal gain as well…it always is.”