Mohan is gay, he is 70 years old, lives in Mumbai, and he is still in the closet. The days in which he grew included times when different sexualities & lifestyles were neither understood nor tolerated. He was a bit too coward to confront society, so he let the “partly-blind” social norms guide his life. He got married to a girl, and in a few years, they had a daughter. He was never attracted to his wife, and with each passing year, the distance between them grew wider. He had nowhere to release his sexual tension, and no one to talk about it. But over the years, Mohan managed to create a fantasy world around him to help him escape from reality and society. His fantasy world was based on three key elements a gramophone, a rocking chair, and his wild imagination; he used to listen to music while sitting on his chair and fantasize about the men he found attractive. To manage complexity in his life, he used to write anonymous letters and then post them without any address or stamp. One day, while Mohan’s wife is cleaning the house, the gramophone accidentally falls to the ground, and along with that gramophone, Mohan’s fantasy world shatters to pieces. The repair shop asked for five days to repair the gramophone. In these five days, Mohan is now unable to escape to the insensitivity of his world. Things start falling apart, and Mohan realizes that he was a slave to the objects that launched him into his fantasy world and without them, he has become remarkably vulnerable. He struggles with the most mundane things that he managed to hide from all these years, he now starts to notice the things that were part of his life all along. He starts to see his world differently. Eventually, Mohan has to make a choice, either return to his fantasy world or face his fears and come out of the closet to live the remaining days of his life being himself.
Dir: Debadriata Bose | Bangali with English Subtitles | 29 min.
Produced by QDrishti Film Grant 2017 awarded by Lotus Visual Productions through Kashish Arts Foundations.
Shankar’s family does not know why he has lost his job. Shankar is caught up between looking for a new job and his own contemplation. His daily life is dotted with the financial crisis and the awkwardness of being unemployed. Amidst all these things strange illusions come to him. He doesn’t know how to deal with these situations. He cannot share his helplessness with anybody, not even Mohan, with whom he is a bit close. One day he realizes that he cannot anymore communicate with the world around him.
‘Evening Shadows’ is a Hindi feature film, directed by Sridhar Rangayan and produced by Solaris Pictures. Associate Producers Lotus Visual Productions.
Set in South India and Mumbai, ‘Evening Shadows’ is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. It’s a slice-of-life story that is appealing to a large cross-section of Indian and International audiences, on Netflix.
The film, since its International Premiere in Sydney at the Mardi Gras Queer Film Festival in February 2018, has screened at more than 67 international film festivals and won 17 audience & jury awards. The film has also won hearts and hosannas. The film had a limited theatrical on January 11th, in 6 cities across India. It also had a small theatrical release in San Francisco, USA. You can now watch the film on Netflix across the world: https://www.netflix.com/title/81045072
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Produced by QDrishti Film Grant 2016 awarded by Lotus Visual Productions through Kashish Arts Foundations.
Krithika and Shireen are friends who strive for societal recognition of their preferred and lived gender. Shireen drives a taxi to support herself and nurses a dream to be a popular theater actress while Krithika is focused on her ambition to become a police officer. Soon both of them realize that the society and people around them can’t think beyond the physicality of being male and female.