Best known for winning ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ in photography, Amit Khanna is now making it big with his latest short film ‘Still about section 377’ that talks about homosexuality. The young guy is the sole winner of the prestigious award.
“The ‘Still about section 377’ is not just a series, it actually is a content which is revolutionary, informative and entertaining. The show is about how an urban gay couple lands up in a village as they are looking to get accepted by one of the partners family. It’s also India’s first series which will highlight the struggles faced by the transgender community in rural India”, reveals Amit talking about the project which also had its International premier at the recently held 71st Cannes Film festival.
He further goes on to add, “It is an important story to tell, as it correctly depicts the LGBTQ community. The lack of knowledge that people have regarding them is the reason the community is made fun of or ridiculed. Their fight to enjoy the basic fundamental rights is a struggle due to prejudices, hence this subject is vital as it will educate the masses and probably contribute towards a liberated India.”
Besides, Amit also made his acting debut with the film. Divulging about his role Khanna tells, “I play the character of Rohit Mehra, a fashion photographer literally having a south mumbai hangover, who after being dumped by his boyfriend goes to break his boy-friends marriage which is being held in a village. He goes through hilarious situations while adjusting to the surroundings in the village , the best part here being he never really changes his personality to fit in and always says what he feels like and does not try hard to impress people.”
Interestingly, the avid photographer is also an award winning director and writer who kicked off as the youngest in the field with his debut as a writer with Channel V’s first fiction show ‘Roomies’ and entered into direction with his first feature film ‘Tutiya Dil’ followed by Badmashiyaan. Amit made India proud at the Nice Film Festival (south of France) 2016 on winning the award for the best short film in a foreign Language for his film ‘An untold story of Paper Boats’.
Commenting on the current situation of ‘Section 377’, he says “It’s really sad that LGBTQ is fighting for basic needs which otherwise are taken for granted. I feel the matter is stretched a lot and the decision to decriminalise Sec 377 should have been made long back. There are grave issues the country is facing which need more attention instead of focusing on them, in numerous hearings are taking place regarding 377, In a democratic setup if people are not given the right to love the person they want then I do not understand the meaning of democracy.”
Amit has directed over 16 short Films that are creating a rage across film festivals. His films have traveled across the globe and he has also represented India at the 69th Cannes Film Festival as well.
On the work front, Amit is busy working on two more web-series ‘Voh wali Picture’ and ‘Meri gf ka bf’.
As told to JAIDEEP PANDEY.