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Aligarh is not about sexuality- Hansal Mehta

Sanjukta Sen | January, 23 2016

Comprising noted actor director Nandita Das and veteran filmmaker Hansal Mehta, a power packed panel discussion was held followed by day-long screening of award winning LGBT films from India and across the world. 
Talking at the discussion panel director Hansal Mehta expressed Aligarh is a film which talks about loneliness and not about sexuality, “Aligarh is actually very personal. The film is lot about loneliness and not about sexuality. It’s not necessarily a gay relationship between them (Manoj Bajpai and Rajkumar Rao) but for finding a companionship which is much broader for me in terms of everybody’s loneliness.”
National Awrad winner director went on saying that he was quite surprised when censor board passed the film without any cuts, “I was scared about censor board. But to my surprise censor board didn’t ask for a single cut. Only scene was told to remove was when Manoj was sleeping in the court room.” 
“As Nandita (Das) said the word ‘optimism’. The fact is that the actors like Rajkumar (Rao) and Manoj (Bajpai) have put so much effort in the film, which gives you a hope. And if there is one detractor we have hundred supporters.” The National award winner director added.
Along with Mehta and Das, screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal and KASHISH Festival Director of KASHISH, Sridhar Rangayan were present at the discussion board.  
At the day long screening, the films that was showcased including the Dutch coming-of-age film Boys directed by Mischa Kamp that won the Best Narrative Film Award at KASHISH 2015, Marathi films Shot directed by Ganesh Matkari, Sundar directed by Rohan Kanawade, Ek Maya Ashi Hi (A Love Such As This) by Vaibhav Hatkar and the Tamil film Mudivai Thaedum Muttripulli (A Full Stop That Searches For Its End) by Vivek Vishwanathan among other films from across the world.

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