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Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyon at Athens gay fest

Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyon wins big at Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Greece Director Sanjay Sharma’s 2010 film, Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyon (2010), about a gay relationship, never really made a mark at the box office.

bollywood Updated: Jun 01, 2012 18:49 IST
Collin Rodrigues

Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyon wins big at Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Greece Director Sanjay Sharma’s 2010 film, Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyon (2010), about a gay relationship, never really made a mark at the box office. However, it was heralded as a brave film, winning accolades from critics for its sensitive portrayal of the issue. The film also had the international media talking, and was even dubbed as “India’s answer to Brokeback Mountain”.

Last year, the film won the Viewers Choice Award at Sydney’s Trikone Film Festival and the Best Sensitive Film at Kashish International Queer Film Festival, Mumbai, besides a special mention at Homochrom Film Festival, Germany. It was also screened at the I View Festival, New York, and the IFFI Film Festival, London.

Now, it has made it to the sixth Outview Athens International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, held earlier this month. Lead actors Yuvraj Parashar and Kapil Sharma shared the Best Actor award at the festival. “The response was amazing. We had two screenings and both were full. The film, shown with subtitles, was unanimously applauded,” says Yuvraj. Kapil adds, “The organisers felt that our characters (Kapil and Yuvraj play lovers in the film) complemented each other so well that we ended up sharing the award”.

The film was shortlisted from 120 films from around the world. “It got selected because of all the attention we got from the West,” reckons Yuvraj. As part of the festival, Yuvraj and Kapil were also part of a Bollywood-themed event “The organisers wanted the locals to experience Bollywood and requested us to perform. Their DJs had even recreated some Hindi songs in Greek.”