Bollywood is known to have a lot of glam, dance, stunts and beautiful songs. In the midst of that, there are few films that really shout out spectacular themes. This time, a not so common topic has been chosen by Faraz Arif Ansari for his latest project ‘Sheer Khurma’.
The queer movie “Sheer Kurma” is said to trace the journey of a lesbian woman searching for identity and acceptance from the family.
The story revolves around the warm love story between two women, and yes, this is a lesbian love story. He has roped in two talented actresses to polish out these roles and they are Swara Bhasker and Divya Dutta. Both the ladies are known to take up a wide collection of varied characters during their filmy career. They hold the lead roles who engage in a same-sex relationship in the film.
Divya and Swara are two celebrated names in the industry and strong allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. It was an easy decision to approach them.
Divya Dutta and Swara Bhaskar are playing the roles of a lesbian couple on the screen. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi is to play a mother in the film.
Sheer Kurma deals with the struggles of people who belong to the LGBTQ+ community.
Shabana Azmi is playing a mother to one of the lead characters. According to the director, through Shabana’s character, also to start a dialogue on parenthood and bring about a change.
Surekha Sikri, a veteran actress of Indian cinema. She plays the role of a woman who is on the hunt about the life of a weird woman – who lives with the inner aim to feel recognized and loved by her family and also aims to create an identity in society.
What Shabana Azami thinks:
“I was moved by the script which was recommended to me by Divya. After that, I met Faraz who came across as sincere, honest and deeply committed to the story. The bonus is working with Divya and Swara, so we figured out the dates and I said yes’ to the project. We had the first workshop last week and everything came together organically. I am looking forward to the shoot.”
Divya Dutta spoke to Cinestaan and made an official statement saying:
“I have worked with him [Ansari] previously and I know what he has to offer. For me, this is not just a film. It’s a story about relationships — including this woman’s with her family and her partner, which is something that needs to be talked about amid all the taboos that exist in our society. I took up this role because I wanted to challenge myself as an actor and discover another side of me.”
Dutta was all praise for her co-stars. “I am in good hands, as I have Swara and Surekhaji as my co-actors, who are equally fabulous. I always wanted to share the screen with them. she said.”
According to Ansari:
“The idea of Sheer Khurma came to me while I was traveling to various film festivals for the last two years with Sisak. I realised that everyone is talking about gay men or bisexual men, but nobody was really talking about women in the LGBTQIA+ community. There are very few films from the LGBTQIA+ spectrum that talk about women as protagonists. Other than that, nobody is really talking about religion and sexuality, which I think is imperative, given the world we live in. I think religion, by default, becomes a part of our socio-political understanding in the world we live in today, and I wanted to make a gentle story, with a backdrop of religion and sexuality,” Ansari told TOI.
“Divya and Swara are two celebrated names in the industry and strong allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. It was an easy decision to approach them. In fact, when I started writing the film, I had Divya in mind and already saw her playing this role,” he said.
Web series, like Zoya Akhtar’s well-made Made In Heaven, which is about a couple of wedding planners where the male partner is gay. But actor Arjun Mathur did some smooching with his male partners in the Web series.
Sonam Kapoor too went gay in the feature film, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, but it was so clinical that there was no chemistry. There was certainly nothing sexual in the content, the visuals showed no physical intimacy either.
Meanwhile, in Sheer Kurma, Divya Dutta and Swara Bhaskar will be seen kissing on screen.
For all the attention the movie has been getting, the buzz is that the film is not a full-length feature film and its a 40-minute short movie. India is excited about the film and we are hoping to see it on air soon!