One of the disappointing news from the movie industry is the poor performance at the box-office of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, for, Bollywood’s first mainstream movie about LGBTQ love (Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire was for a niche audience) needed more public backing, just to reinforce the feeling that India as a society is changing in these matters in the right direction. Of course, the lukewarm performance of the film at the box-office does not become a referendum on Indian society’s views on matters like homosexuality and queer lives. A movie may not do well for numerous reasons, and cinematically Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga does slip at a few places, but it is a movie that is full of heart, which in turn is full of love.
Section 377 of the Indian Penal code makes carnal intercourse, or any non-procreative sexual act between a man and a woman illegal, punishable with up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine. It only penalises carnal intercourse against the order of nature. On September 6th, 2018, in a landmark judgment, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court unanimously, on 6 September, partially struck down the British-era law which criminalised consensual homosexual sex in India.
When I landed in New Zealand, at the age of 22, for the first time in my life I felt the emotions any man would, when that one special someone passed by– the difference was, I felt those emotions for a man. This is how my homosexuality will stay hidden and their reputation, unmarred.
I want to wait until I’ve transitioned more.” The 23-year-old runs Nail Transphobia, a campaign that tackles transphobia through pop-up nail salons where strangers can get their nails done for free by a trans person. The project, conceived by Craggs while she was a 21-year-old undergraduate studying Creative Direction at the London College of Fashion, was actually never intended to come to fruition.