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GB fest viewer feedback September 22, 2007

Posted by humsafar in Gay Bombay GB.

Feedback by a viewer at GB film fest:

68 Pages – the Humsafar Trust movie

I watched this movie a few hours ago at a Gay Bombay film show at National College, Bandra, Mumbai.

A sensitive portrayal of “minorities” and issues most Indians would rather brush under the carpet. The movie is “on your face” without being apologetic about it. The characters have been played by superb actors and all, except Uday Sonawane, are professional stage artists. Uday has acted very well indeed and should seriously take up acting.

It does not paint a pretty picture of either the gay community or the lives of cross dressers. It does not sugar-coat the harshness of HIV. And therein lies its beauty. It does take some dramatic licenses on the role of the counselor – no mental health professional can afford to get so close to her patients. Nor are HIV test reports handed over to people without pre-counseling. But these minor aberrations can be excused considering that the movie has to move on.

All in all, a great movie for the thinking audience.

(an excerpt)


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