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From Fire to Made In Heaven, Shabana Azmi lauds the acceptance of homosexuality

Shabana Azmi says the space has opened up for representation of the LGBTQ community in Hindi movies and TV shows.

bollywood Updated: Mar 17, 2019 14:07 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das’ Fire was met with a lot of protests in 1996 and Amazon’s show Made in Heaven is one of the best critically received web series of the country in 2019.

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 actor 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.

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“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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First Published: Mar 17, 2019 14:07 IST