“What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”— the quote by William Shakespeare defines the psychic of a gay.
“Koi mere feeling ko teen aksharo main kaise samjha sakta hain. Ye ek kavita ki tarah hai. Bhavatmak. Ek taveera iccha. Jo appke kaabu ke bahar hoti hain. An uncontrollable urge!” (How can anyone transcribe my feelings in only three words. This is just like a poem. A deep thought. A desire. Something that is beyond your control. An uncontrollable urge!) —- A dialogue from Bollywood film ‘Aligarh’, which dealt with the serious issue of homosexualism. This is not only a dialogue, in fact the voice of thousand people from gay community.
But, finally there is hope for them with the Supreme Court verdict, as it referred ‘homosexuality is not a crime’.
Be it on screen or off the screen ‘homosexuality’ is not new to Bollywood. On screen, gay relationship or same sex love and LGBT movies have often touched upon the sensitive issue of Homosexuality.
Bollywood’s relationship with homosexuality was first demonstrated by Deepa Meheta in ‘Fire’. In fact, she was far ahead of her time and dared to pick this subject for her film.
While, some filmmakers have used the subject as a comic relief in their movies, some of them even used it as a serious mainstream theme, and depicted the issue as a serious problem in their creations.
‘Fire’, ‘Aligarh’, ‘Margarita with a straw’, ‘Dunno Y… Na Jane Kyun’, ‘I Am’, ‘Girlfriend’, ‘My Brother Nikhil’ and many more there are such gay movies in Bollywood which centered on homosexuality issue and dared to get a release against all odds.
Just a day ago the Supreme Court has delivered a historic, landmark judgment under which Section of 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced in 1861 under the British rule of India has been struck down.
While, Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says, whoever have voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend up to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
We guess, over the past decades gays have gained a degree of acceptance in some parts of deeply conservative Indian society, especially in metro cities.
While, some big budget commercial film has dealt with the gay issue, in our society ‘being gay’ is still seen as shameful. But, finally they cry for happiness as the Supreme Court (SC) has declared that consensual adult gay sex is not a crime. Sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it.
“Consensual sex between adults in a private space, which is not harmful to women or children, cannot be denied as it is a matter of individual choice”.
Yes, ‘I am what I am. So take me as I am. Because, no one can escape from their individuality’ well said by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra.
B-Town biggies are also happy with the Supreme Court verdict and reacted to this jubilant news. Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor to Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, all them took the issue to their social media handle and shared happiness.
Bollywood ace director Karan Johar, who himself claimed as a gay person also reacted to the news; termed the verdict as ‘history in the making’ and shared a post on twitter. He wrote, “Historiacal Judgment!!! So proud today! Decriminalizing homosexuality and abolishing #section377 is a huge thumb up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back!”
Historical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back! 👍👍👍💪💪💪🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/ZOXwKmKDp5
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) September 6, 2018
On the other hand, Ranveer Singh also showed his support in his own flamboyant way. Just check it out!
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) September 6, 2018
Sonam Kapoor tweeted, “Crying tears of joy for the lgbtqi community.” She also dreams for that utopia where there won’t be any labels one day.
Crying tears of joy for the lgbtqi community. One day there won’t be any labels and we will all live in utopia. pic.twitter.com/veQe1S92FD
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 6, 2018
Vidya Balan shared her happiness as she mentioned in her tweet post that she is happy for the people whom loves won’t need to live in fear of being found out anymore!
Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan also welcomed the verdict in a typical ‘Sui Dhaaga’ style, they can be seen in a photo standing right before a colorful thread-decorated background, as the colors symbolizes the ‘freeness’. Anushka and Varun also promoted their upcoming film.
From Amir Khan, Ali Bhatt, to Farhan Akhtar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Katrina Kaif, Siddhrath Malhotra, Twinkle Khanna, Dostana-star John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan, celebs are taking social media armed with memes to laud the landmark verdict. After all they also have right to live their life on their own terms.
Check out how they are celebrating.
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The Supreme Court upholds the freedom and love of the people, in the face of prejudice and archaic thought! I am relieved and joyous. Today is a day to celebrate! We're one and we join the progressive nations of the world in giving all our citizens dignity despite sexual orientation. Love wins! Hurray! #LoveIsLove #377repealed #happyday