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Breaking barriers

Director Rituparno Ghosh on playing the role of a gay character in his last movie.

bollywood Updated: Dec 12, 2010 01:13 IST
Satarupa Basu

Kaushik Ganguly's film

Arekti Premer Golpo

has won the special jury award (Silver Peacock) jointly with Kiwi film

The Boy,

at the just-concluded 41st International Film Festival of India. Excerpts from a chat with director Rituparno Ghosh, who plays the protagonist: In

Arekti Premor Golpo

, you play a gay film-maker. How do you feel?



It's an extremely touching moment for me. The directorate of the film festival termed Arekti a bold and courageous film. I think it was courageous of the authorities to include it as part of Indian Panorama. It speaks of a very progressive outlook.



Goutam Ghose's Bengali film

Moner Manush

has also won the Golden Peacock. It's great news, though

Moner Manush

was a safer bet (for a prize) as it deals with secularism. Alternative sexuality was always deemed outside of Indian culture. That

Aarekti...

gained an entry, is a reason enough for celebration.



Don't you regret not having won the Best Actor award? Honestly, no. The reason is that after the screening, a jury member called to congratulate me and said I was the only contender for the Best Acting (male) award.