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Lesbian relationships mostly depicted as male fantasy: Sonal

Thursday - May 17, 2018 2:41 pm , Category : ENTERTAINMENT
 Lesbian relationships mostly depicted as male fantasy: Sonal
Lesbian relationships mostly depicted as male fantasy: Sonal
Mumbai May 17 (IANS) Oscar-winning producer Marc Baschet has come on board to co-produce the new directorial venture of Rahat Kazmis "Lihaaf" and now its lead actress Sonal Sehgal says she had co-written the script to present the homosexual relationship in a much-dignified manner rather than just as a "male fantasy".
"Having worked as an actor in the industry I realized that if we need women s stories to be told with nuance and truth women need to start writing them. Which is when I decided to co-write Lihaaf " Sonal said in a statement.
"And after having researched the subject for months I decided to play the part of Begum . Lesbian relationships have mostly been depicted as a male fantasy I wanted to bring dignity and sensitivity to the subject. I hope I have achieved that... both as an actor and as a writer."
The poster of the film was launched at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
It is based on writer Ismat Chugtai s similarly titled book. It tells the story of a Begum trapped in a loveless marriage and a victim of the sexually repressed patriarchal society. Neglected by her husband and forgotten as part of the decoration of a beautiful mansion the Begum finally finds solace with her masseuse.
Chugtai wrote the story in 1942 and was slapped with a case of obscenity.
In the film it intertwines the story of "Lihaaf" and Chugtai s trial which went on for three years and simultaneously unveils the relation between Begum and her masseuse.

--IANS aru/nn/vm

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