Three years ago on this day, the LGBTQIA+ community celebrated a sense of verification, again five years later. Section 377 was decriminalized, first on July 10, 2009, but was decriminalized again in 2013. But now, after a number of efforts from the community, Section 377 has been decriminalized as a result of a ruling on September 6, 2018.
Celebrating three years of historic rule, world-renowned filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari, who is also an outsider and proud member of the community, admits he feels numb. “It is a coincidence that when the new came out I was baking a cake, because it was my birthday the next day (September 7). There was a wave of joy in the air, and everyone was feeling happy. But besides feeling happy, there was also a feeling of numbness that I felt Because that’s an event and past too. The decision was made and then it was put away. So, the uncertainty about it all was annoying because who knows if it’s going to stay like this forever or not.”
Being an eccentric filmmaker who has made two short films focused on homosexuality, Sisak and Sheer Qorma, he wants to start a conversation about who is behind the camera and not always in front of it. “People talk about how we didn’t pick gay people in the movies I made. But I’m tired. Most people don’t even try. I tested a bunch of people but they didn’t fit the role, I tested people who did. It’s not about who they identify with. I think that The conversation should also revolve around who makes queer movies, are the people behind the camera gay? Who tells our stories? That matters.”
However, he expresses concern about the trans community, “Transgender people have been outdone the most. Even within the community itself. If you fill the role of a transgender person with a transgender person, it’s not true,” Ansari says.
Coming out is a huge milestone for the LGBTQIA+ community, to accept themselves is the first step to living life as they are. Ansari had to get out in unfortunate circumstances, when his friend gave up again in the states and was stuck in India. “I was in India and my boyfriend was in America. He is no longer around and I am not there. I wanted to talk about this with my mother, and she did.”
But Al-Ansari believes that the exit is a Western idea. “I don’t think anyone should come out, the fact that we exist in this world should show in itself. Every time a weirdo walks into a room, people know who you are. We carry that identity with ourselves everywhere we go. “.
In order to improve queer life, it was just one step and there is a long way to go. “The law has done its job, now we, as a society, have to take it further from here and make change happen. The fight for equality is still a long journey. Society still lacks basic basic rights like equality in marriage. Everyone should be allowed to marry the ones they love. I live in a democracy, if I’m treated like everyone else. I have to pay taxes but I’m not allowed to get married? It’s not good