Living in a country like India, we all know the struggles of the Gen X that they face when it comes to love, compassion and relationships. Even today, matters pertaining to this aren’t discussed widely in the society. And when it comes to homosexuals and transgender doing the same thing, hypocrisy increases manifolds. Here’s how SISAK is breaking all the barriers silently!
Directed by Faraz Mariam Arif Ansari, Sisak is India’s first silent LGBTQ love story. It has been shot in a Mumbai local train. According to Ansari, it is these trains that become home to silent love stories where no profanity is there.
Financed completely by him, Sisak is Faraz’s second take on commercial films with the LGBTQ issue being at the heart of these. Thanks to him, the issue is being talked about more than ever. And with Sisiak being nominated at Boston LGBT Film Festival this year, Faraz couldn’t be more proud.
Faraz confesses to being shattered by the way homosexuals are received in our society and so, decided to resort to silence as a medium to convey what he wanted. Well, as they say, ‘silence is louder than most words’; Faraz’s voice was heard. Since nobody really hears what the LGBTQ community has to say, the silent method paid off greatly!
Sure, the portrayal of gay men on screen had to be difficult, but Faraz reveals he got two really talented actors; Dhruv Singhal and Jitin Gulati brought the characters to life in the film. Without touching each other, the characters were able to connect with each other and the audience.
Sisak faced its share of rejection at film festivals where the audience found the content was too odd for society. Nevertheless, the critical acclaim it is winning is surreal and Faraz Ansari is a proud man.