Bollywood Reacts to Repeal of Article 377

Bollywood’s Only Out-of-the-Closet Filmmaker Onir and writer Apurva Asrani Are Rhapsodic. Activist Shabana Azmi Joins in
Bollywood Reacts to Repeal of Article 377

In a historic judgement, India’s Supreme Court struck down Section 377 which criminalised same-sex relationships. Here is what some Bollywood celebrities had to say about the verdict.

Onir:

“What can I say? I am rendered  speechless with joy. The tears  can’t stop flowing. I am celebrating by cooking  for  my entire office. I am single so I don’t have anyone to  celebrate this  historic moment with. Loving someone  is no longer an act of crime. I am no longer a criminal.  My congratulations to all those  vocal and fearless members  of  the LGBT community .Without their  relentless fight this historic day wouldn’t have happened. In my own little way  I’ve carried on  my own fight against this  dastardly discrimination. When  I made My Brother Nikhil, I couldn’t show any intimacy between  my two actors Purab Kohli and Sanjay Suri. This was   in 2005. Now 13  years later when I showed intimacy in Shab I was rebuked by  members  of the censor board, ‘Yeh bache kaise dekhenge?’ It’s been a year since Shab was released in theatres. We still haven’t found  any satellite channel that is willing to buy  the  film. Hopefully now gay filmmakers and films can find more acceptance. But this is a huge step ahead  for  the community. With the Government decriminalizing  homosexuality discrimination for jobs and at work places will reduce considerably. Within our own entertainment  industry there is  so much homophobia  that  would  now  have  to end.  So many people who are afraid to come out in the fear of losing their  reputation  would now do so fearlessly. And I hope filmmakers  other than me will make films about the community.”

Apurva Asrani:

“Hard to find words when the tears won’t stop. It’s been a life time of inequality and discrimination. Of being unfairly deemed a criminal. Of being the butt of many jokes. Of knowing that I can’t hold public office even if I want to. From today that will start to change. How long it will take? Will the road be easy? I have no idea. All I know is that nobody has the legal right to discriminate against me anymore. And for that I am grateful to all the rainbow warriors, starting with Ashok Row Kavi, the good people Humsafar & Naz, Anjali Gopalan, Anand Grover, Menaka Guruswami, all the petitioners, and every single LGBTQ person who lived their truth through years of darkness. So much gratitude also to the 5 justices who truly lived up to their tribes.

Shabana Azmi:

“Finally ! I haven’t read the report but this was long overdue. The concept of family is changing and decriminalizing 377 is a very important  step towards recognizing that everyone  has a right  to family. What is “normal “ is culture-specific and there can’t be one monolithic standard that has sanctity above all else. My warmest regards to those who fought this inhuman section 377 and made the victory possible.”

Dia  Mirza:

“About time! Supreme Court restores my faith in our people yet again. Proud that my country believes in and upholds equality. Two consenting adults irrespective of sex, religion, cast and gender cannot be rendered criminals by the law. What an amazing day!”

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