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At the helm Parvati Balagopalan with the cast of ‘Straight’
At the helm Parvati Balagopalan with the cast of ‘Straight’

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.

Projecting reality

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.”

S.M.AAMIR

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