Shabana Azmi Says Homosexuality In Films Has Come A Long Way From Fire To Made In Heaven

"Since then if I look at the journey till Made In Heaven, I have to say that space has opened up, really," said Shabana Azmi

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Shabana Azmi Says Homosexuality In Films Has Come A Long Way From Fire To Made In Heaven

Shabana Azmi in Mumbai


Mumbai: 

Highlights

  1. Shabana Azmi's 'Fire' was criticised when it released
  2. "I always believe films are reflection of our society," said Shabana
  3. "I have to say that space has opened up," she added

From 1996 when her film Fire showcased a homosexual relationship to 2019 when a web series like Made In Heaven has tackled the LGBTQ subject with deft, veteran actress Shabana Azmi has witnessed a change worth applauding.

When Deepa Mehta's Fire had released, the film was opposed by the orthodox sections of the Indian society.

In hindsight, Shabana told IANS here: "Look, that film released in 1996. Since then if I look at the journey till Made In Heaven, which is a recent example, I have to say that space has opened up, really."

"I always believe that films are a reflection of our society and good films can influence society. There is a relation... but there is an acceptance and that has to be applauded."

While in Fire, Shabana played a housewife named Radha who falls in love with her sister-in-law, in the American independent film Signature Move, she essayed a mother to a girl who is lesbian.

The latter film is about how with time, the mother tries to be compassionate towards her child when she comes out of the closet.

Shabana said: "Parental support is needed when a youngster is coming out of the closet. I would suggest a film ('Evening Shadows') by Sridhar (Rangayan)... It is a mother-son story."

"When the mother learns that her son is homosexual, she gets horrified. But later how they understand each other... that is a very beautiful narrative. Watching that film will surely lead to a lot of sensitisation."

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