The editor of Satya (1998) and Shahid (2013) and writer of Aligarh (2016) said today is the day the LGBTQ community is free at last.
The tears haven’t stopped since I heard the news: Apurva Asrani on the scrapping of section 377
Mumbai - 06 Sep 2018 20:30 IST
Updated : 20:31 IST
Soon after the decision of the Supreme Court to repeal the regressive section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, senior advocate Indira Jaising tweeted: 'Today's verdict is a homage to the late Prof Siras of AMU who was suspended and asked to vacate his official residence as he was gay. He committed suicide.'
Today's verdict by Supreme Court is a homage to late Prof Siras of AMU who was suspended and asked to vacate his official residence, he was gay.He committed suicide. Senior advocate Anand Grover had appeared for him in Allahabad HC and won the case but he was not taken back— indira jaising (@IJaising) September 6, 2018
Siras's case was the inspiration for Hansal Mehta's critically acclaimed film, Aligarh (2016). Apurva Asrani, the writer of Aligarh, was even more emotional about the decision.
At the stroke of the mid-day hour, as the conscience of many slept, India’s LGBTQ awoke to light & freedom. This moment came 71 years too late history, 71 yrs after our brethren attained freedom; but the soul of a community, long suppressed, has found utterance. Congratulations!— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) September 6, 2018
The editor of films like Satya (1998), Shahid (2013) and Citylights (2014), Asrani has been a vocal defender of LGBTQ rights and an openly gay member of the film industry for some time now.
Thankyou Justice #InduMalhotra. No judgement, no words will bring back the years lost in darkness. Nor will it bring back those that lost their lives during the struggle. But your compassion might help a generation that still has their life ahead. They deserve no discrimination. https://t.co/ssL3oyOhkD— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) September 6, 2018
On being contacted by Cinestaan.com, Asrani responded to the decision: "The tears haven’t stopped flowing since I heard the news. Seventy-one years after a majority of Indians achieved complete independence, the LGBTQ community is finally free. It has been a lifetime of suppressing true desires and living in fear of criminal prosecution. Finally the good judges of the Supreme Court have spoken of us with respect and dignity. Now the law is with us."
While the decision has been hailed as a positive move, Asrani stated that it might take time for society to follow suit. "While it will take time for society to change its mindset, at least we will have access to legal recourse in case we are harassed or discriminated against. I feel much gratitude towards all the rainbow warriors who have been relentlessly fighting for this day."
While the writer has parted ways with his mentor and longtime collaborator Hansal Mehta, the director did not fail to wish Asrani on Twitter on the occassion. Mehta tweeted his wishes while reminding Asrani's contribution to the long fight to repeal section 377.
Personal differences aside I congratulate @Apurvasrani on being an important voice in this fight to gain justice for a community that has long been marginalised by law and society. His stand is vindicated. #Aligarh stands vindicated by the courts. The ball is in our court now.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 6, 2018
With the judgment in, it is time the film industry joins in celebrating stories like Aligarh in the future.