Acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker Apurva Asrani is an award-winning filmmaker best known for Satya (1998), Shahid (2013), and the human rights biopic Aligarh (2016).
His drama-comedy series Made in Heaven featured a gay man as a leading character and was widely praised for normalising homosexuality on Indian television.
Despite this, Asrani was forced to conceal his sexuality for most of his career, with his long-term partner Siddhant pretending to be his cousin so that they could share an apartment. “For 13 years we pretended to be cousins so we could rent a home together,” he told.
But they recently bought their own home. Now they voluntarily tell neighbours they are partners because it’s time LGBT families are normalised in India.
While Asrani’s announcement received a lot of warmth from his fellow filmmakers, the majority of the comments beneath the tweet unfortunately reveal that India still has a long way to go when it comes to LGBT acceptance.