He sends out a strong message to all those morons and merciless psychiatrists who think they can ‘cure’ homosexuality. Grew up in Yamunanagar in Haryana State, Mr. Dinesh is the president of world Psychiatric Association.
He had come out as gay in an interview with Guardian and said his profession should apologise for the way it has treated gay men and women.
“There are still countries where it’s seen as an illness,” he told the Guardian. “We need to make a stand against it.”
As head of the World Psychiatric Association, he represents more than 200,000 psychiatrists across 137 national organisations and 117 countries. There are many psychiatrists in India and other countries who still view homosexuality as a mental illness. How do they feel about having an openly gay leader?
Mr. Dinesh says, “When I came out to my family, my father freaked out completely, my mother was really pragmatic and said, ‘Who’s going to look after you in old age.”
Bhugra has been with his partner Mike for more than 30 years.
He studied at Mukand Lal National Higher Secondary School, Yamuna Nagar, where he won the scholarship for MBBS at the Armed Forces Medical College at Poona University
He also has a PhD from the King’s College London, an MPhil from Leicester University, an MSc (sociology) fromSouth Bank University and an MA (social anthropology) and the Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery from the Society of Apothecaries.
He has become an important authority on several issues, like public health psychiatry: cross-cultural psychiatry, migrant mental health, professionalism in psychiatry, depression, psychosexual medicine, service provision and decision-making, having published over 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 100 editorials and invited papers, 90 book chapters.
The 61-year-old is also professor of psychiatry and diversity at King’s College London, and chair of the Mental Health foundation. He is a well-known commentator on mental health issues. He has contributed to The Guardian,The Daily Telegraph,the Daily Mail, The Times (UK),the Financial Times, The Observer, The Huffington Post, the BBC News Magazine, The Times of India and The New York Times.
India’s first silent LGBT film, titled SISAK, is a love story between two men in the compartment of a Mumbai local trains.
“You [the government] have literally pulled the tongues out of our mouth,”says Filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari,“That’s why it’s a silent film. It’s about two people who want to be together, but they can’t be because of your stupid laws.” The film is named Sisak, which in Urdu refers to the cry that’s stuck within your chest.
The movie is based on that whole world of cruising in Mumbai locals that no one talks about. It’s about men who are lonely and looking for love. It’s silent but beautiful and sensual.
Ansari felt compelled to tell the world this story. It’s that celebration of love in its purest form, that special feeling when you make eye contact with a stranger. Ansari says, “We contaminate it by putting labels like boyfriend, girlfriend, husband and lover.”
The 36-year-old Jitin Gulati plays a hot-shot corporate leader who doesn’t need to take the train, but only does it to feel that daily intimacy with a fellow man. He is having all the success in the world, but there is a hidden pain of loneliness in his heart.
His love interest is a young boy, someone not as sharply dressed or successful. Played by Dhruv Singhal, a 21 year old student.
Ansari hopes to take the film to every corner of the world to highlight the struggle of the Indian homosexual community.
We want this movie to be released first in Indian theatres before going to any foreign countries. Sisak ’s release date is not finalized.
Cast and crew:
Jitin Gulati (previously seen in AMEN)
Dhruv Singhal ( 21 yr old Mass media student)
Pritam Das ( Band Baaja Baaraat and Fan ) as sound designer
Saurabh Goswami ( Ek Thi Dayaan ) as director of photography.
Born 5 September 1946, globally acclaimed singer Freddie Mercury spent most of his childhood and teenage in India. Mercury was voted best male singer of all time by Blender, MTV2 and Classic Rock. His parents, hailed from Valsad district in Gujarat.
Freddie shared a long-term relationship with his boyfriend, Jim Hutton.
Originally, Freddie was named Farrokh Bulsara. The family surname is derived from the town of Bulsar (now known as Valsad) in southern Gujarat. He also had a younger sister, Kashmira. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven in his School in Panchgani near Mumbai. One of his musical inspiration at the time was Lata Mangeshkar. At the age of 12, he formed a school band, called ‘hectics’.
Here are a few pics from his childhood and with his family!
Friends recall his habit of calling other boys, “darling”, his lifelong habit. He realized he was gay when he was in his 30s, when he confessed to Mary Austin, his long-time female friend, that he might be bi-sexual. “No Freddie,” she told him, “You’re not bi-sexual, you’re gay.” It was a turning point in his life. Mary Austin recalls, “Once Freddie understood he was gay, he became one with himself, for the first time.”
In mid 60’s, he migrated to England, forming the band ‘Queen’ in 1970 with Brian May and Roger Taylor. Mercury was prosthumously awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Mercury wrote and composed numerous hits for Queen (including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” “Don’t Stop Me Now”). Bohemian Rhapsody was listed as the greatest song of all time by the Guinness Book of Records.
In 1970s, the singer had begun an affair with a male American executive and Radio DJ Kenny Everett. By 1985, he began another long-term relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton (1949–2010). Hutton lived with Mercury for the last six years of his life, nursed him during his illness and was present at his bedside when he died. Hutton said Mercury died wearing the wedding band that Hutton had given him.
Classmate Dr Subash Shah remembers Freddie as kind of introvert. Yet, his personality would transform once he was on stage Apart from being a great musician. Freddie was also a talented artist and sportsman. Besides being singer, songwriter, live performer, instrumentalist; he was also a good boxer.
St Peter’s School at Mumbai has today become a pilgrimage centre for Freddie fans from all over the world. As the name changed to ‘Freddie mercury’, many of his school friends at Mumbai school never knew, until after his death, that the great Freddie Mercury was actually their old Panchgani buddy!!
The actor has brought the rights for popular international sitcom ‘Modern Family’, and also working on some good original content.
With an exclusive Facebook live chat with TOI, the handsome actor, Anil Kapoor, “TV is no doubt the future. Audience will see content on laptops and mobile phones and it will be a fantastic experience. There are so many new platforms now – Netflix, Amazon, Voot, Hotstar, they all will need content some time.”
When TOI asked if Indian audience is ready for gay romance like in ‘Modern Family’, Anil said “Absolutely! This is part of the society, this is real, we need to respect people. People have started accepting the realities. Every story is a reflection of the society”.
Great job, Sir! We hope Indian version of ‘Modern Family’ premiers soon and brings some positive change in Indian society!
Ranbir Kapoor confessed he would love to play a homosexual if given the opportunity.
In an interview with director Raja Sen for Vogue India’s September 2016 issue, Ranbir spoke about both his personal and professional life.
Ranbir Kapoor revealed that he is open to playing a homosexual role on camera because of Pakistani actor Fawad Khan’s role in Kapoor and Sons.
When the actor was asked about playing a homosexual role on screen, he responded:
“Earlier, i might have turned it down. But now, Fawad has opened the door and it’s easy for us to walk through it.”
Bollywood’s most popular actor is willing to play gay role. No doubt that Bollywood is finally changing…!! Also now we can anticipate a gay love story with Ranbir and Fawad as lead roles!!