Hollywood actor Ellen Page is in India to shoot her show Gaycation, which explores the lives of the LGBT community in various countries. While work’s keeping her busy in Mumbai, the Juno star made time to catch up with scriptwriter Apurva Asrani and celebrate the latter’s dog’s birthday.
“It happened to be my dog Doobie’s ninth birthday and Ellen brought him some lovely presents too,” shares Asrani, who wrote the script for the film Aligarh, which is about a gay couple.
“Ellen and her best friend Ian Daniels came home to chat with me about Aligarh and the state of LGBTQ rights in India. I am also one of the guests on the show that she’s shooting.She was extremely moved by our film and thought that Aligarh was relevant to the US audience, too. She ‘came out’ (of the closet) in 2014 and I ‘came out’ in 2015. It was great chatting with her as we are both united by the same cause,” the writer tells us.
Ellen and Daniels have already shot parts of the television documentary series in the US, Japan, Jamaica and Brazil. “The show will try to understand the gay culture of India. The struggles and the resistance that the community faces here, and how people in the country are still homophobic,” says a source. According to several reports, 29-year-old Page also plans to shoot in Delhi and Varanasi.