Girl sells Article 377 story to Hansal Mehta on internet

National award winning "Shahid" director Hansal Mehta, who describes himself as a subversive filmmaker, is all set to make a film on a gay character's journey from self-denial to social ostracism. Interestingly, the story came to h

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 2:28:04 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Director hansal mehta

National award winning "Shahid" director Hansal Mehta, who describes himself as a subversive filmmaker, is all set to make a film on a gay character's journey from self-denial to social ostracism. Interestingly, the story came to him through the internet.

"It's a story that was mailed to me by a girl called Ishani Banerji. It just blew my mind. I have to tell this story because marginalised people in our society always interest me," said the director whose next release "City Lights" is about a migrant couple's self-effacing anonymity in the Maximum City.

"We've stopped seeing these nameless migrants in the cities. Their lives never concerned us. Now they've become invisible," said Mehta, who has again cast Rajkummar Rao in the lead.

He describes "City Lights" as a sequel to his year 2000 satire on migration "Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar". To portray abject poverty and ground level austerity, Rajkummar and his leading lady Patralekha had to shoot under the harshest of circumstances.

"My producers Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt were willing to provide all the comforts required for shooting. However, I deliberately made them shoot under gruelling conditions. No make-up van, no luxuries were allowed," said Mehta.

His partnership with the very talented Rajkummar is "unbreakable", says Mehta.

However, his next film about the gay hero won't star Rajkummar, but Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

"I need an older actor to play the gay character. The story takes the character through a very wide chronological arc. Nawaz is more suited to the character. But I am writing a very big biographical story for Rajkummar, which would be set in the Hindi film industry during the 1950s. That's the film Rajkummar and I are doing next," he said.

Marginal heroes would continue to haunt Hansal's cinema. In real life too the filmmaker is haunted by communal forces taking over the country. He recently signed a controversial petition pleading for voters to desist from voting for Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

"I am not asking voters to not vote for Narendra Modi. I am asking them to vote against communal divisive forces. God save this country if such forces come into power," he said.

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Posted on: 30 April 2014 at 3:57pm
NaMo is the most eligible candidate with no communal motives. So, U want to vote for good for nothing shahzaade or the guy taking funding from anti indian forces???

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Posted on: 30 April 2014 at 10:13am
no offence to any leader or political party...but political parties do fuel communal disputes and violence takes's been an old funda... logo me dange lagvao... aur fir kisi ek religion ka maseeha banke unke vote loto... no offence to anyone ,I am just saying that poltitics is a dirty game...

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Posted on: 30 April 2014 at 7:28am
so whom should we vote silent doll or a foolish gudda

enough ,i will vote for Narendra modi and plea all to do so .He is more interested into developing India right now and communism is now an old funda .India needs a leader and Narendra modi is a leader India needs right now !

The so called secular people have already made us bhookha nanga ,

Enough ! no votes in name of religion .Give votes in name of development

ab ki baar ..modi sarkaar

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Posted on: 30 April 2014 at 6:55am
Let me shout and scream an tell it to you a hundred times till i faint----Abki Baar ...Modi Sarkar...i dont understand why are too hesitant to change the present government...each and every time we find a new blame to be put on the govt's head, but when it comes to choosing , we want reasons as to why we shud NOT vote for really??? have you seen the condition of this country????? it is going from worse to worst...and isnt CHANGE the rule of life as per the "So called" modern ppl who are ready to change even their religion and the old precious values but not the govt...and just tell me How is Narendraji does he become communal just by mentioning his own religion ...and if that's the case, then i guess what the other parties are doing is one hell of communalism... i dont care if anybody agrees to me or not but is baar to Modiji ki Sarkaar aani hi chahiye.

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