It is too early to celebrate the annulment of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in the film industry because it is also part of the larger society. Although the laws have changed, it will take time for the change to happen on the ground. What we have seen in the recent times is, of course, a web series like Made In Heaven (2019). But in Hindi cinema, everybody is looking forward to what the upcoming Ayushmann Khurrana film, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, will portray. It is the first time in mainstream Hindi cinema when a star is portraying a gay character. We are hoping it won’t turn out to be another Dostana (2008), for example. Having said that, what is really missing is the support of the film industry for the LGBTQIA community.
If you look at the Oscar awards, year after year, they have made conscious efforts to empower the voices of this community by giving it due representation, not to speak of the black and women voices in cinema. I am afraid I don’t see it happening in Bollywood, be it My Brother Nikhil (2005) or I Am (2011), which were made by me and won two national awards. None of it was recognized by the Indian industry even as the movies traveled to various film festivals.