What Kapoor & Sons Teaches Bollywood About Coming Out of the Closet

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What Kapoor & Sons Teaches Bollywood About Coming Out of the Closet

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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n March 2016, the Lok Sabha voted against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s introduction of a private member’s bill to decriminalise homosexuality for the second time in three months. Unfortunately, his bill that sought to “decriminalise sexual intercourse in private between consenting adults, irrespective of their sexuality or gender” found favour with a measly 14 members, while 58 opposed it. At the time, Tharoor blamed the BJP for using its “brute majority” to thwart his attempt, calling India the world’s largest hypocrisy.

Earlier in January that year, a humiliated 15-year-old boy set himself on fire in Agra, unable to endure the bullying and shame that followed after a neighbour spotted him with his male partner. The incident that became a tragic reminder of why India needed to address discrimination faced by homosexuals, was followed by an even more potent portrait of a prejudicial society that punished homosexuals for not being like the rest of us. Hansal Mehta’s riveting Aligarh based on the real-life victimisation of gay professor Ramchandra Siras, released in theatres.

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