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April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

March 12, 2015

Filmmaker says he is not interested in dating women

Acclaimed Indian director Karan Johar has said he is not interested in dating women, which some have taken as confirmation of his homosexuality.

The multiple award-winner has never been in a public relationship and has been long-rumored to be gay.

Johar, 42, appeared on the cover of this month's Harper's Bazaar India with his long-time collaborator and best friend, actress Kareena Kapoor.

In an interview with the magazine, the director said Kapoor would marry Kapoor – if he was interested in women.

January 20, 2015

Director seeks police protection after a sit-in outside his home

An Indian film that humiliates a transgender character has sparked a weekend of protests in Chennai.

About 35 transgender activists yesterday (19 January) gathered outside Censor Board offices demanding an unconditional apology from director Shankar Shanmugham and the removal of the offending scenes.

Tamil blockbuster I has incurred the wrath of the LGBTI community since its release last week. Shankar sought police protection after the activists staged a sit-in outside his home for two successive days over the weekend.

January 4, 2015

She says he cheated her of US$800,000 in two business deals, he says they were having an affair, she says he's gay and can't be romantically involved

Accused of fraud by his female business partner, Indian actor Sahil Khan has requested a special court in Mumbai to hold an in-camera trial to show the judge X-rated pictures of himself and his business partner whom he says he had a romantic affair with.

Film producer Ayesha Shroff, who is married to well known actor Jackie Shroff, denied having had a relationship with Khan and has alleged that he is gay.

Ayesha and Khan are said to have set up a film production house and a cyber security firm in 2009.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

November 3, 2014

Actor Aamir Khan is accused of endorsing a criminal offense

An Indian court has issued actor Aamir Khan with a notice to respond to a petition alleging he 'promoted' gay rights on his talkshow.

An episode of Satyamev Jayate broadcast on 19 October titled 'Accepting Alternative Sexualities' tried to dispels myths surrounding homosexuality.

October 15, 2014

A 60-year-old married Indian man threw his 20-year-old male lover through a third story window Tuesday morning after a dispute broke out between the pair while they were apparently having sex

A 20-year-old gay man is dead after being thrown through a third story window during a lovers quarrel in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

October 13, 2014

A lead character in MTV India show Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan kisses another man

A lead character in hit MTV India show Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan came out as gay in a recent episode.

The show centers around five friends, one of whom is the womanizing Cabir. He is always surrounded by beautiful women but the twist is that he is gay and too afraid to tell anyone.

Cabir tried to come out in a few previous episodes but could not pluck up the courage. In the latest episode he kisses a man and comes out to his best friend.

September 23, 2014

Jim Deva fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books

A Canadian activist who fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books died yesterday in a freak accident.

Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium in Vancouver, fell from a ladder and broke his neck while gardening. He was 65 years old.

When Deva opened Little Sister's in 1983 it was the only LGBTI bookshop in western Canada and the target of repeated vandalism and bombings.

May 1, 2014

One of the most fetch movies ever made is 10 years old, and we have tracked down the 10 gayest moments you might have missed

Mean Girls is too gay to function.

Sorry, it was almost a requirement to start with that. This week, Mean Girls is 10 years old and it is time to celebrate one of the best teen comedies ever made.

A Heathers for the millennials generation, the Tina Fey written film has thrilled millions with its witty dialogue, memorable characters and the message of being yourself.

March 25, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party will put the legalization of homosexuality at the top of its election manifesto as it seeks to win its first seats in the Indian Parliament and break into national politics

India’s fledgling Aam Aadmi Party is betting that championing the rights of women and minorities and fighting against corruption will be winning issues for voters as the party seeks to elect its first lawmakers in the nation’s parliament.

Aam Aadmi was established only 18 months ago but won 28 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly in 2013 – making them the second largest party in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (the Indian equivalent of Washington DC) and allowing them to form a minority government with the Indian National Congress Party.

August 31, 2013

Maverick film directors inject LGBT erotica in India’s cultural icon Rabindranath Tagore’s works

He was revered as a spiritual leader and a visionary. He was also reviled as an iconoclast.

And now Rabindranath Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel laureate in literature, has been interpreted as a gay rights champion by two maverick Indian film directors in their recent works.

Tagore, who won the Nobel in 1913 for Gitanjali, a collection of songs and poems, has had several films made on his novels and short stories.

They have ranged from advocating women’s emancipation to support for society’s marginalized.

June 7, 2013

India's 1980s sex symbol Dimple Kapadia responds Kunal Mukherjee's book about a gay boy growing up in Hyderabad

One of 1980s Bollywood's leading ladies, Dimple Kapadia, has spoken of her admiration for a book that tells a gay coming of age story set in Hyderabad, southern India.

The book, My Magical Kingdom by Kunal Mukherjee, focuses on 13-year-old Rahul Chatterjee who discovers his sexuality through his obsession with Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna.

This is something Kapadia can relate to because she happened to marry Khanna when she was just 16 in 1973.

'I wasn’t much older to Rahul when I fell in love with the phenomenon called Rajesh Khanna,' said Kapadia.

May 30, 2013

'His passing will be a big loss not only to lovers of cinema and art, but a huge loss to the LGBT community,' said Onir

Award-winning filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh died at his home in Kolkata this morning. The 49-year-old, who had been suffering from disease of the pancreas, had a heart attack.

After an early career in advertising his first film Hirer Angti in his Bengali mother tongue was released in 1994. Since then he has directed 20 films which won over a dozen National Film Awards in various categories. His 2000 film Bariwali won an award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

May 17, 2013

On the release of Bombay Talkies featuring gay characters movie talkshow The Front Row with Anupama Chopra discusses portrayal of gay characters in Indian cinema

Indian film talkshow The Front Row with Anupama Chopra discusses alternative sexuality in Bollywood this week.

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival director Sridhar Rangayan, openly gay filmmaker Onir, director Karan Johar and actors Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem were guests on the show, broadcasting tonight at 8.30pm.

The guests discuss the recently released Bombay Talkies, an anthology of four short films including one, directed by Johar about a gay relationship.

May 14, 2013

Onir says he is 'very disappointed' fellow director Tigmanshu Dhulia didn't call him to say he's making his own version of Hamlet

Indian film director Onir said he would be 'very disappointed' if fellow film-maker Tigmanshu Dhulia goes ahead with his version of Hamlet.

Onir announced three years ago that he plans to make an Indian film version of Hamlet called Vedaa, and he is upset Dhulia is going ahead with his own version.

'As a colleague and a fellow-filmmaker I’d at least expect him to speak to me about it,' said Onir, DNA India reports.

May 8, 2013

Director Dibakar Bannerjee says he has had the time of his life making the LGBT friendly anthology film

The director of a new Indian anthology film has praised Karan Johar for choosing to break the mould and show a gay kiss in a Bollywood film. 

Director Dibakar Bannerjee has made the eagerly awaited Bombay Talkies, made up of four short films celebrating 100 years of Bollywood cinema.

‘I am too close to my own work to judge its value,’ Bannerjee told Business of Cinema.

‘But my favourite film of the omnibus is Karan Johar’s. Not only has he yanked himself out of his comfort zone, he has made sure he has not compromised on the telling of his story.

April 15, 2013

Popular website removes inaccurate famous gay people in Bollywood list

Internet Movie Database (IMDB), one of the most popular and oldest websites, has removed a list of famous gay people in Bollywood.

The list was largely inaccurate, Indian news site DNA reports, with straight stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sanjay Gupta listed, but prominent gay film director Onir left-off.

February 13, 2013

Gay Indian filmmaker says Bollywood encourages commodification of women in India

Gay Indian filmmaker Onir said in an interview that Bollywood has some responsibility for the mistreatment of women in India. The topic is in the news since the gang rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December.

December 10, 2012

Indian director of My Brother... Nikhil and I Am writes about labels and responsibility for Times of India

Indian filmmaker Onir has spoken out about being labelled a 'gay director' in a newspaper column.

'It irritates me when everyone goes, "a gay director da da da". Does that report end with "a heterosexual reporter reports"?' said Onir in an opinion piece published in the Times of India on Saturday.

August 3, 2012

Kunal Mukherjee’s touching coming-of-age story about a young gay boy in 1970s Hyderabad, My Magical Palace, is captivating. He talks to Gay Star News about the writing process and who has helped along the way

The Magical Palace, a debut novel by Indian-born author Kunal Mukherjee recreates in sensuous detail the world of 13-year-old Rahul Chatterjee in Hyderabad in 1973.

Rahul grows up amongst the decrepit building and expansive grounds of a wealthy family’s former home. The novel follows the year when he becomes aware of his forbidden sexuality, in a society where his classmate is zapped brain-dead by electro-shock-therapy for sending a love letter to another boy.

July 3, 2012

Filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan launches crowd-funding campaign to complete his documentary about the decriminalization of gay sex in India

Gay filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan is seeking crowd-funding for his documentary about the repeal of the Section 377, the Indian law that criminalized homosexual sex.

After a long campaign by LGBT groups, the law was repealed by Delhi High Court on 2 July 2009, but that decision is currently being challenged in the Supreme Court.

May 30, 2012

Sonali Gulati’s new film will look at doctors who sell liquid ‘cures’ for homosexuality

An Indian lesbian filmmaker has received a $50,000 grant to make a film about a liquid ‘cure’ for homosexuality peddled by inscrupulous ‘doctors’.

Sonali Gulati got the idea for the film while she was making her 2011 documentary I Am (not to be confused with Onir’s I Am) about what it’s like to be a lesbian woman in India.

May 25, 2012

Actress Moushumi Chatterjee attends star-studded opening gala of Kashish, India's only queer film festival in Mumbai

Vintage Bollywood star Moushumi Chatterjee and filmmaker Sai Paranjpye opened the third Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival yesterday (24 May).

The star-studded red carpet event at the Indian city's Cinemax Versova kicked off five days of celebrating LGBT filmmaking, with 120 films from 30 countries to be shown at two venues from 23 May to 27 May.

'I wish Kashish all the success,’' said Moushumi Chatterjee, who also inaugurated an art exhibition called Celebrating the lost art of Bollywood billboards with a queer twist.