Parvati Balagopalan hopes that the audiences will accept ‘Straight’
Sexuality is becoming a subject of open debate in our cinema. The days of stereotypical Indian women are over on the big screen.
Also, the days of a story whose elements are only rich-girl-poor-boy are all but over. Now, more and more Indian filmmakers are going beyond the stereotypes and making attempts to project the reality in terms of alternate sexual preferences.
A case in point is Parvati Balagopalan’s recently released Straight. The young director, whose first film Rules — Pyar Ka Superhit Formula also had hints of this theme, feels the days of caricaturing gays are over and it is easier to make a film with independent thoughts.
I cannot say for sure that the Indian society will warm to a subject of alternate sexuality but I hope and am quite confident that they do. We have tried not to caricature gays and from the response we got from a private screening for Hamsafar (an NGO working for the gay community), I think we have been able to achieve that.”