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.