Tamil film My Son is Gay, directed by Lokesh Kumar, has received a U/A certificate without any cuts from the CBFC.
As the title suggests, the film is about a young man coming out to his mother about his sexual orientation. The description of the film from a press release reads, "A sensitive and poignant tale of a mother who finds it difficult to come to terms with her son's opening up about his sexual orientation, the film has been slowly but surely grabbing the attention of not just media and the film festival circuit but also that of discerning viewers who make up for the prospective audience for the film."
The film was initially supposed to be made in Hindi through crowdfunding. However, the effort did not work out and Lokesh Kumar made the film in Tamil.
The cast includes well-known actors like Anupama Kumar, Jayaprakash, Kishore Kumar, Sriranjani, Abhishek Joseph, and debutant Ashwinjith. Director Lokesh is relieved that the film got through the CBFC without any trouble.
"Honestly, we were a little nervous regarding the certification process, going by so many reports of many films having to face a tough time at the hand of the censor certification board. Moreover a lot of people kept telling us that we would perhaps end up with an A certificate etc. But what we have seen is that there's a positive side to everything and we are thankful to the CBFC for seeing the film in the right manner and doing the needful," he said.
The CBFC has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, with tussles over sanskaar and certification.
My Son is Gay made its international premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in August this year and has also been screened at the NewFest: The NYC LGBT Film Festival in New York. The film will premiere in India at the 11th edition of Dialogues, the annual Calcutta International LGBT Film and Video Festival, in Kolkata on November 25.
My Son is Gay will release in theatres in 2018.