At 21, Ashwinjith’s life has taken a new turn. From being an ordinary college student just a few months ago, Ashwin is now being applauded across the country for his role in the upcoming Tamil movie En Magan Magizhvan (My Son is Gay). The independent film, written and directed by Chennai-based Lokesh Kumar showcases the dark reality of LGBT stigma in society. Ashwin, a BSc Multimedia and Animation graduate from VIT, Vellore, who plays the role of the protagonist Varun, talks about the challenges of his role, the support he had and other behind-the-scenes events. Excerpts..
We have to ask. How did you manage to pull off acting like a gay person considering you’re straight?
There isn’t much of a difference between a heterosexual and a gay person. It’s just the sexuality and has nothing to do with the body language. I had rehearsals and I watched a lot of LGBT movies.
Did you find it hard to get a perfect take?
I wouldn’t say it was hard I would rather say it was challenging. My very first take, I was a bit nervous but after that everything I was confident.
Seeing that there are emotional scenes between mother and son in the movie, was that tough?
Yeah there are quite a bit of emotional scenes between the mother and the son - basically I’m a mamma’s boy and Anupama, who plays the mother’s role, and I had this rapport which made it easy for me perform those scenes.
Did you have any second thoughts about this movie?
No, not at all! Being my debut movie and doing such a challenging role, I mean who wouldn’t love to do these kind of roles, and on top of that I could prove myself as an actor.
How’d your family react?
They were actually quite happy and proud of me doing a movie, they were quite open minded and didn’t have any issues with me doing an LGBT movie.
Do you think this movie would change the way society thinks about the LGBT community?
That’s one of the major reasons why this movie was done. I think this is the first movie that shows the reality which I think has never been done before in Kollywood. I’m sure it would break stereotypes about the LGBT community.
What was the hardest thing about acting as a gay person?
Romancing with the same gender is something new to me! That was a challenge.
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