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Taar Cheye Se Anek Aaro (More Than A Friend)

35 Minutes, Bengali (with English subtitles), Colour, 16:9, 2010, India

Rupsa is a filmmaker. Ranja teaches in a college. They are in love with each other. Ignoring all the reproaches and words of caution, they have been living together for quite some time. Rupsa is making a documentary on the public perception of same-sex relationships in India. For that reason she has to meet a lot of people – some supportive of the issue, some dismissive, and others apprehensive of it. Meanwhile, Ranja’s mother comes to stay with them. She has always been a little uneasy with the idea of her daughter’s being in love with another woman. Their domestic help, Lakkhir ma, also seems be wary of this relationship.

The film More than a Friend explores the lives and outlooks of these four characters in the context of a growing awareness about same-sex relationships in India. The film is interspersed with real-life interviews of people belonging to various sections of the society, who express their views on many related concerns and share their experiences of humiliation and anxiety. The film does not attempt at answering all the questions it raises, but presents the multifaceted nature of the debates around the subject.

Festivals and Screenings
  • 3rd Bangalore Queer Film Festival, 2011 (chosen for a special mention in the Best Short Feature (Fiction) category)
  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, 2011
  • DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBT Film & Video Festival,2010 (Closing film)
  • International Gay Film Nights Film Festival
  • Florence Queer Festival
  • KASHISH SHORTS 2011 – Indian Queer Shorts – a package of 8 films that reflect the diversity of Indian queer issues and experiences
  • Prague Indian Film Festival, 2011
  • Colours of Sexuality_Chennai Queer Film Festival, 2012
  • 26th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, organised by the British Film Institute (BFI)
  • IAWART’s (International Association of Women in Radio and Television)
  • Direction : Debalina
  • Music Director : Mayukh-Mainak
  • Camera : Subhankar Bhar, Debalina
  • Screenplay : Iman Mitra
  • Editing : Pradipta Bhattacharya
  • Producer : Sappho For Equality

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Photo credit : Bikash Mondal, Partho Ghosh

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