Indian drag film, banned at home, premieres in U.K.
May 07 2004 11:00 PM ET
The Hindi film The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina), denied a certificate by the Indian Censor Board because it deals with drag queens, had its U.K. premiere Thursday in Manchester, reports BBC News. Although the film has screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world, Indian authorities have banned it in its country of origin because of its gay content. "The Censor Board has refused to give it a certificate--not even an adult certificate--because they consider it full of obscenity and vulgarity," said director Sridhar Rangayan to BBC News Online. The 40-minute film deals with two drag queens competing with a Western-influenced gay teen for the affections of a handsome young man. "I felt these characters were not portrayed at all in any cinema in India," said Rangayan. "They needed to be given a voice without being ridiculed." Mirror also addresses the threat of HIV/AIDS to India's gay population. Rangayan says he hopes to make six more shorts about gays in India, which he plans to release as an omnibus title, Rainbow Stories.
- World News Third Russian Convicted Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law 26 min 54 sec ago
- Women WATCH: A Tux-Clad Ellen DeGeneres Dances in the Streets for 1st Oscars Promo! 1 hour 8 min ago
- Television The Top 10 Greatest Gay Holiday Cartoons 1 hour 20 min ago
- Media Duck Dynasty May Be Over After Antigay Tirade UPDATED: 1 hour 30 min ago
- World News Uganda Passes Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2 hours 34 sec ago
- Comedy WATCH: Jon Stewart 'Sort of' Stands With Fox News in Defending Duck Dynasty Star 2 hours 42 min ago
- Books Was Norman Rockwell Gay? 11:17 AM