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377 Ab Normal trailer: Kumud Mishra leads fight against LGBTQ community

Director Faruk Kabir's film traces the fight by the LGBTQ community and liberal society to decriminalize same-sex relationships.

Mayur Lookhar

The Supreme Court of India had passed a historic verdict when it read down the controversial section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which decriminalized even consensual same-sex relationships, in 2018.

The fight for acceptance has not been easy for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community. Digital platform Zee5 aims to bring out this struggle through an original film 377 Ab Normal.

Directed by Faruk Kabir, the film has Maanvi Gagroo, Tanvi Azmi, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Kumud Mishra and Shashank Arora in leading roles.

Apart from their personal battles, the film will cover the legal fight put up the LGBTQ community and society to strike down the draconian law.

Mishra plays an advocate fighting to uphold section 377, while Gagroo and Arora play gay characters. Ayyub's character is a cop. Azmi plays mother to Gagroo’s character.

Gagroo, Arora and other gay characters in the film decide to fight against the Supreme Court's order to recriminalize gay sex after the Delhi high court had read down section 377. The LGBTQ community, liberals and media all stood with one voice to protect the rights of this community and strike down the law.

The film is a fictionalized version of the events that took place before the Supreme Court reversed its stand and passed its historic judgement in 2018. The fight is not for their rights, but also to expose society's callous attitude.

Rainbow colours flow through the trailer. While the film covers an important issue, the recently released trailer does not hold much promise. The rapid action and over-the-top background score gives it a melodramatic vibe. Of the cast, Mishra and Ayyub have a commanding presence.

Zee5 viewers will hope there is more to 377 Ab Normal than the events already seen unfolding on news channels.

377 Ab Normal will begin streaming on 19 March. Watch the trailer below:

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