With the legalisation of gay sex in India recently, a whole swathe of new lesbian and gay filmmakers are finding their voice. London Indian Film Festival has been championing these pioneers, and kicks off its 2021 programme marking LGBQT+ History Month, with the must-see drama Evening Shadows premiering this Sunday from 3pm – 7pm, only for UK audiences. Ashanti Omkar told us more about this important film.
Available on the festival’s new digital player the film’s director Sridhar Rangayan, blends Bollywood flourishes into what is actually a tough love, realistic portrayal of a new generation of Indian young man who discovers true love with his hot boyfriend, but then bravely he decides to take the truth home to confront his mother with who he really is. His seemingly liberal mum flips out, and so starts a heartbreak family struggle with his single parent that only one will win.
Activist filmmaker Rangayan underlines the many challenges gay men continue to face in India to come out to their family, as well as question the dominant patriarchal social mores. The film has won 24 international Awards and has become a success on the international film festival circuit with selection in 72 international film festivals and premieres on the site www.LoveLIFFatHome.com
Sridhar says: “Evening Shadows offers a rainbow of hope not only for LGBT+ persons, but more importantly to their parents who struggle to come to terms with their children’s sexuality.”
As an exclusive added extra, film critic, Ashanti Omkar talks to Director Sridhar Rangayan and lead actors Mona Ambegaonkar and Devansh Doshi, who play mother and son in the film, talking about their roles and the LGBTQ+ issues in the film in modern India. This Q&A can be viewed globally, at www.loveliffathome.com on Sunday.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Executive & Programming Director of LIFF and LGBTQ+ Champion of the Year by the British Asian Media Awards 2019 shares his vision for the 2021 festival: “After a challenging few months we are bringing some much needed uplifting entertainment and as always our quality films offer fresh views of India and South Asia; movies that may even challenge and certainly leave you thinking.
This programme is supported by Film Hub London (managed by Film London), Film Hub Midlands and Film Hub North, proud to be partners of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery. Major partners of LIFF are the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI).
To see Evening Shadows on Sunday 28th February from 3pm – 7pm please go to: https://www.loveliffathome.com/film/evening-shadows/