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9/23:KASHISHmiqff Presents: Breaking Free & Shorts

9/23:KASHISHmiqff Presents: Breaking Free & Shorts


9/23, 18:00



The Place (457 Jumen Road, Unit 407, Bridge 8 Phase IV)



SHQFF partners up with KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival to presents you the best of Indian Queer Films!

We will screen 1 feature film and 5 short films at the event, enjoy the films with drinks and food on the open rooftop!

Note: The Place will be serving food and beverages at the venue. Beers will also be provided by SHQFF’s Gold Sponsor Kronenbourg1664. Don’t let dinner plans get in the way!

About KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival


KASHISH Mumbai Intentional Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theatre. It has been voted as one of the Top 5 coolest LGBT Film Festivals in the World and has been listed as one of the Top 5 film festivals in India.

Founded in 2010, KASHISH has grown from strength to strength over the last seven years. Held across five days and simultaneously at three venues, the festival programs around 180 films from 50 countries and attracts close to 8500 footfalls each year. It is the first Indian LGBTQ festival to receive approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India.

KASHISH believes that art and films are powerful mediums to bring about social change. The festival uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBTQ issues and rally public opinion for equality and dignity for LGBTQ persons.


5 Short Films



Rajesh James,2016, 30min, India

Film Language: Malayalam

Sub Language:Chinese/English


The film is about the journey undertaken by a diverse group of people across South India in a truck from Kochi to Goa and back. Their journey covers a long distance towards an inclusive world, exploring many compelling thoughts on life, love, and gender with an ultimate hope for a society where no more lives are crushed or desire persecuted just because the majority does not “understand” it.




Ramanathan,2017,18 min,India

Film Language:Tamil

Sub Language: Chinese/English



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 in 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 a male and female.



<GODDESS (Devi)>

KarishmaDube, 2016,13 min, India

Film Language: Bengali/ English/ Hindi

Sub Language: Chinese/English



Set in New Delhi, the narrative follows Tara, a feisty teenager dealing with the realities of being queer in contemporary India. When caught pursuing her attraction towards her household maid, she must suddenly define who she really is amidst severely classist and homophobic society.


<THE FISH CURRY(MaacherJhol)>

AbhishekVerma, 2017,12 min,India

Film Language:Hindi

Sub Language: Chinese/English


LalitGhosh, 28, decides to come-out to his Parents. He is in love with a man, his very own room partner, AshutoshGautam. He cooks his father’s favorite dish, the traditional fish curry (MaacherJhol) with great effort. He serves it to his father and confronts his sexuality over the dinner table. Will Lalit’s dad love the delicious fish curry?




FarazArif Ansari , 2017, 15min, India

Film Language:No Dialogues


Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.


Feature Film


Sridhar Rangayan, 2015, 82 min, India

Film Language: English/ Hindi 

Sub Language: Chinese/English


Filmmaker and gay activist Sridhar Rangayan embarks on a personal journey to expose the human rights violations faced by the LGBTQ community in India due to a draconian law Section 377 and homophobic social mores of a patriarchal society.

The gritty documentary BREAKING FREE, shot over 7 years, features searing testimonies of gay and transgender persons who have been victimized or exploited, as well as wide-ranging interviews with advocates and activists across India. See-sawing between despair and joy, anguish and hope, the film is an emotional roller-coaster journey of the Indian LGBTQ movement – from invisibility to empowerment.