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Let love be a right, not a law
A reaction to Ishq ki Ijaazat…

In troubled times like these, when the law of land validates against our expressions of love, the members of the ruling government have expressed their homophobic view, where L.G.B.T.I.Q hate crimes are in the rise; Dev and Satya’s poetic & cinematic plea urges us to stand up and take notice of the love behind the closets.

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The film incites a ray of hope and soothes aching hearts. It pulls people out of shame and gives love a name. While mainstream stars fear of being stereotyped, Huma (Qureshi) has once again proved her mettle and has revealed the true artist in her, with this film. This comes after “Dedh Ishqiya” which had hints of bisexuality.

Huma will soon be remembered in the Indian film history as the actor who got India back to her roots. Indian culture has always accepted all sexualities – Homophobia is a Western concept.

It is but common that in the heat, when in pursuit of cinematic excellence, one does trip and engage in sleaze. The film, in such cases, ceases to mean what it was supposed to mean. Satya and Dev have done just the contrary. They have tugged the strings of poetry and cinema over the fabric of social sensitivity, thereby keeping the sense and the essence of the issue alive. It is worth an applause.

Some feel that taking on to the streets, shouting slogans is the only form of activism. I disagree. ART IS THE PUREST FORM OF ACTIVISM and one needs to watch this video to understand what I mean.

There came films, there came poetry… They loved, they made love, and was born POELM.

A part of the world sees the LGBTIQ merely as sexual beings. This film humanizes us, it opens the window to the closets, and it shows that our love is no different. If it was not for the opposition our love stories will be any other love story, with the same set of challenges and the same set of acceptance as everyone else. No more the “other”. We are just as normal as normal could be.

– Harish Iyer, equal rights activist, the only Indian national to be listed in the World Pride Powerlist 2013, a list of the 100 most influential LGBT persons.