With the legalisation of gay sex in India recently, a whole swathe of new lesbian and gay filmmakers are finding their voice. London Indian Film Festival has been championing these pioneers and this weekend it’s showing the must-see drama Evening Shadows.
Available on the festival’s new digital player the film’s director Sridhar Rangayan, blends Bollywood flourishes into what is actually a tough love, realistic portrayal of a new generation of Indian young man who discovers true love with his hot boyfriend, but then bravely he decides to take the truth home to confront his mother with who he really is. His seemingly liberal mum flips out, and so starts a heartbreak family struggle with his single parent that only one will win.
Activist filmmaker Rangayan underlines the many challenges gay men continue to face in India to come out to their family, as well as question the dominant patriarchal social mores. The film has won 24 international Awards and has become a success on the international film festival circuit with selection in 72 international film festivals and premieres on the site www.LoveLIFFatHome.com
Sridhar says: “Evening Shadows offers a rainbow of hope not only for LGBT+ persons, but more importantly to their parents who struggle to come to terms with their children’s sexuality.”
As an exclusive added extra, film critic, Ashanti Omkar talks to Director Sridhar Rangayan and lead actors Mona Ambegaonkar and Devansh Doshi, who play mother and son in the film, talking about their roles and the lesbian and gay issues in the film in modern India. This Q&A can be viewed globally, at www.loveliffathome.com on Sunday.
To see Evening Shadows on Sunday 28th February from 3pm – 7pm please go to: https://www.loveliffathome.com/film/evening-shadows/