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Award-wining gay film banned from TV in India

Onir’s I Am has been banned from broadcast on public service TV, despite winning a National Award
Onir (right) while shooting I Am

Gay Indian filmmaker Onir’s awarding-winning feature I Am has been banned from national public service TV broadcaster Doordarshan by the censorship board.

I Am features four stories - one about child abuse, one about gay rights, one about Kashmir and one about sperm donation - all controversial topics in India today.

Onir said he was asked by the censorship board to make seven minutes of cuts to the film. He did, but the broadcaster still refused to show I Am.

‘I’m angry at this because, when so many regressive films screen on DD [TV channel], a national award film is denied the same!’ Onir said, as reported by the Times of India.

‘I am appalled when a gay relation is termed abnormal. I mean come on, kids learn about sperms in school and children need to learn to respect diversity from a young age to be able to respect everyone.’

In an angry tweet, Onir said: ‘I feel like being in Gullivers Travels. We have forgotten that RULES were created FOR US and we were NOT CREATED for THE RULES.’

The director also admitted that the team were looking forward to the film screening on Doodarshan because they would ‘finally recover our costs’.

I Am, released in 2011, won multiple awards including an Indian National Award for best Hindi film.

Watch a trailer of the film here:
 

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