Indian LGBTQ + Short Films Shine at KASHISH 2021

The 12NS The 4th edition of the KAHSISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, South Asia’s largest LGBTQIA + film festival, continues its virtual journey into its third weekend called Pride Weekend. The festival shows 221 films from 53 countries, including 24 Indian LGBTQIA + films.

“We are very excited to show so many films from India as KASHISH has become a powerful platform to promote the emerging Indian LGBTQIA + cinema movement by not only exhibiting, but also producing and distributing Indian LGBTQIA + content. This weekend we are showing 3 programs with Indian short films – Indian Masala Mix 1 & 2 and Indian Narrative Shorts Competition. Each of these short films is unique because it reflects the diverse realities of LGBTQIA + life and crosses the boundaries between gender / gender, country / city and class boundaries. These films have to be seen by everyone so that queer life is represented in the larger mainstream, ”said festival director Sridhar Rangayan.

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“We love our short films and are delighted that this year we have programmed so many Indian LGBTQIA + short films in various Indian regional languages ​​such as Assamese, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and even in Konkani. From a great fairy tale like The lonely princeto like a surrealist movie Shivanum-Mohiniyum and Vaidya to beautiful films about women in love – Begum Parvathi, are we there yet ?, Inside, keep hitting, love knows no gender, and Friend of my mother. These short films hold up a mirror to society and show a rare sensitivity and openness towards LGBTQIA + characters who are unfortunately sidelined in mainstream cinema. Short films fill this gap with courage and compassion, ”says program director Saagar Gupta.

The festival also shows amazing documentaries like Once A Fury, Pride & Protest, Sex, Sin & 69, well rounded & Authorized; and heartwarming feature films like Cicada, Boy Meets Boy, Versus, Firebird, Love, Spells & All That and The teacher.

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The festival ends on September 5thNS with the Australian film Unhealthy, a lovely romance between a musician and a deaf trans man. But before the closing, there will be the grand closing ceremony and award ceremony at 6 p.m., which will be streamed on the festival’s social media channels.


The first wedding by Akshay Parvatkar, Shivanum-Mohiniyum by Ramakaushalyan Ramakrishnan, Love knows no gender by Shivankar Arora and Muhurtora – bouquet of moments by Sandipan Das.


Begum Parvathi from Radhika Prasidhha, Within by Jinesh Vettikkappalli, Closets by Jiya Bhardwaj, Are we already there? by Bhanu Babbal & Kashyap Swaroop and The lonely prince by Shivin Grover.


dusk by Rounak Bhatia, Paul 10 by Sunil Revankar, Vaidya by Sumit Pawar & Harsh Agarwal and Friend of my mother by Arun Fulara

The programs can be viewed on the festival’s film portal:

Registrations are up for the last weekend

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