With power packed actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkumar Rao; Aligarh is a movie based on a gay professor in an Indian village. He gets fired from his job at the University and gets mistreated by the villagers. His landlord kicks him out of the house all because he is gay.
Homosexual intercourse was made a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. This made it an offence for a person to voluntarily have “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” In 2009, the Delhi High Court decision in Naz Foundation vs. Govt. of NCT of Delhi found Section 377 and other legal prohibitions against private, adult, consensual, and non-commercial same-sex conduct to be in direct violation of fundamental rights provided by the Indian Constitution.
Source Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_India
However, India recognizes third gender. They are also known as Hijras. But we will discuss their plight later.
The movie has received an “A” rating. Why? Ahhh! you are thinking that it has steamy hot love making scenes. But I hate to break your heart. Nopes it does not. This piece of news makes me wonder that the recent releases like Kya kool hain hum 3 and Mastizade which are adult comedies had “A” rating. But they were filled with adult scenes, jokes and skimpy clad actresses. I am not a fan of adult comedies. But, that is just me. That is my preference. I know a lot of people who love such movies. And it is good there is nothing wrong with sex and humour mixed together.
However, a movie like Aligarh that is trying to create a little awareness about the LGBT situation in India. How is that wrong. The movie receiving “A” rating means that its trailers would be shown along with other “A” rated movies and on the television it will be aired only after 11 p.m. I know a lot of people in India who think gays are like third genders and that it is morally and religiously wrong to be a gay.
I would like to ask with the recent outrage on beef ban and porn ban, where in people were vocal about their rights that what they eat and what they watch is a personal choice. So who you fall in love with or have sex with is it not a personal choice. Who are we to label what goes on in an individual’s bedroom.
The actors and the director are miffed and I am disappointed at this decision. I hope when we Indians talk about intolerance we keep an open mind or not talk about it at all.
Watch the trailer of the movie here,
Until next time, Take care, Bye!!!