Gay Couples at Festival Inspire Impromptu Film - The New Indian Express

Gay Couples at Festival Inspire Impromptu Film

Published: 06th March 2014 08:25 AM

Last Updated: 06th March 2014 08:41 AM

Film festivals are where film buffs as well as film makers get together. But it’s not often that a film gets made about such an occasion.

Brindusa Ioana Nastasa, who changed her travel plans to head to Bangalore from Mumbai when she heard that Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) was to be held during her India visit, came up with an idea for her next project here---filming those willing to kiss in front of the camera at the venue.

“I wanted to make something in India. Ideally, I would have liked to follow someone around with my camera as I did for In Berlin We Die Alone (Brindusa’s film that was screened at BQFF for which she followed her friend Dragos Mihai with her camera for 24 hours), but I don’t know anyone here well enough for that,” she shares.

Then the thought of asking people a single question crossed her mind, which she dismissed as well. “Why do we need words? When people from the LGBT community kiss in front of the camera, it’s making a statement about the law,” she says.

On the concluding day of BQFF, when Brindusa first spoke about her idea, Andy Silveira, a research scholar at English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, knew whom he wanted to kiss. But when he asked Gowthaman Ranganathan, a lawyer from Alternative Law Forum, he found out that he wanted to kiss someone else. “So I knelt down in front of him, folded my hands and said: ‘Gowthaman, will you kiss me please?’. And then he agreed,” recalls Andy.

On the experience of being part of the project, he says it was liberating---and not just because he’s gay. “For me, this was not a statement but an expression, one that celebrated love. And I felt happy that I kissed a man whom I wanted to kiss,” he told City Express.

Brindusa said she got about 25 pairs kissing in front of the camera. “Only one pair was a boy and a girl. Some were lesbians, but most were gays,” she adds.

And she sees this as a positive sign.

“Most people want to make a statement, and this was an opportunity for them to act.”

While this is her first project in India, this Berlin-based film maker also wants to interview Karthik Kumar, actor-director of Ali J for a short film. The play stirred up a protest after it was cancelled at Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda. “The first was a film that I thought of on the spot. This is something I have planned; I’ve watched the play,” explains Brindusa.

She expects to put both films out once she’s back home in April.

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