Companies Associate for LGBT inclusivity

About 30 massive companies are working together to empower LGBTI workers in India. IBM is leading the initiative of bringing together the multinational companies (MNCs). They plan to work out strategies together to become more inclusive of LGBTI employees.‘We cannot name the companies but these are a mix of MNCs and Indian companies from technology, retail and FMCG domain,’ Ajay Dua, executive sponsor LGBTI, IBM India told The Economic Times.  ‘We are visibly LGBT-inclusive in the external marketplace to remain an employer of choice for this talent pool. Our hiring practices are inclusive.’

The Indian branch of global consultancy firm Bain & Company started aiming for greater diversity amongst its workforce last year. ‘The association provides a unified diversity message throughout the recruiting process, an open communication channel with leadership to advise them on relevant policies, ensure a supportive work environment, and overall awareness of LGBT issues,’ said Bain partner, Parijat Ghosh.

Other MNCs spoke to The Economic Times about how their European and US offices already had diversity policies in place. But the companies were hesitant to go on the record because of a lack of legal protection for their employees.
‘We have two LGBT employees and it is disclosed to management at the time of hiring but we would want their identities protected, mainly because of legal reasons,’ said a spokesperson for a consumer goods firm.
Real estate company Godrej has gone one step further in promoting inclusivity. Its equal opportunity policies apply to all and it does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

‘Our anti-harassment policies are gender neutral,’ said head of Godrej India Culture Lab, Parmesh Shahani.
‘We also have equal benefits to same-sex partners of employees, fully paid three month adoption leave (which is also gender neutral) and a medical benefit scheme which includes the spouse/domestic partner, parents and/or children of an employee.’



11 Reasons why Romil and Jugal is a must watch for everyone

Ekta Kapoor’s AltBalaji digital platform brings an entertaining and progressive show, Romil And Jugal. With the lead cast of Rajeev Siddhartha and Manraj Singh, director Nupur Asthana has made a worth watching full fledged Indian Show. Here are some of the best things about Romil and Jugal.

1. Characters

Each character is so interesting and inspiring that you feel some connection with them. Cheerful and romantic Jugal, Deep and dashing Romil, flamboyant and smart Ramya, sophisticated Meher, and ofcourse the mature ones. Everyone makes you smile and inspires you in some way. The characters of Romil and Jugal are realistic. Meher and Ramya inspire to support and stand up for your gay friends. Each character is distinguished and original. Besides them, there are many impressive characters in the show.

2. Brilliant Actors

The actors have done their job magnificently. Protagonists Rajeev and Manraj express more through eyes than words. They make their characters look so real that you can literally feel their emotions. Their portrayal of gay characters is realistic and heart-touching. Romil is the most difficult character of the show. And Rajeev portrays it with excellence.

Srishti Ganguly, (who plays the role of Jugal’s sister Ramya), performs with grace. She fits in every situation. Vritika Ramnani (Meher, the best friend of Jugal) acts naturally. She expresses her love, insecurities and care for jugal very well.

3. Epic Romance

 The romance is obviously something you have never seen before. But at any moment, you never feel anything weird or uncomfortable. The romance is different but soul stirring. It touches your heart, either u r gay, straight, a boy or girl. It makes you realize that love is love.

4. Refreshing and Fun

 Romil and Jugal is a light hearted show. You would be enjoying each and every moment.

4. Dialogues:

The dialogues are original and impressive. They make you laugh as well as think. 


Romil and Jugal is an awesome RomCom. The characters have awesome sense of humor. Comic timing of actors is amazing. They give you light as well as heavy doses of laughter.

7. Music

The show has some nice songs and heartening background music.

8. Strong social messages

The show educates people about relationships, friendships, acceptance, tolerance. Through powerful instances, it explains how homosexuality is normal and natural. It inspires to accept and embrace homosexuality and speak up against homophobia. It makes you realize how wrong and sinful it is to marginalize and oppress homosexuals.

9. Drama/Suspense.

 This show is full on drama. At every moment, u wonder whats gonna happen next. You enjoy every moment. While watching it, either you will be smiling, laughing, touched, shocked or crying!

10.Its for everyone.

 If you think its just a gay romance, you are totally wrong. This is for everyone, straight/gay/men/women/adults/matures.You can relate yourself to some character. There are no adult scenes. Its a family show.

11. Progressive and meaningful

 Real cinema is what makes you think. Cinema is what stirrs your emotions, your mindset. Romil and Jugal represents the reality and breaks various myths and stereotypes. It doesnt force you to make any opinion. it makes you think by yourself. Its a film which you enjoy as well as learn from.

Watch Romil and Jugal now on ALTBalaji

By Himanshu Gupta ~Admin & Writer GRI


Romil And Jugal is a reality of our society, which every Indian needs to acknowledge.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ was based on one couple but this Romil and Jugal is based on lives of millions. There are Romils and Jugals who are fighting for their love, their existence and dying from inside everyday. Romil and Jugal is not just a show, its a mirror of our homophobic society.

The last episodes will leave you into tears. It would be most difficult for gay men to watch them, because Its not a drama for them its the reality of their lives. But besides those sad moments, this story has fun, romance, comedy and it motivates gay men to come out, accept themselves, be proud and raise their voice, because it shows India is finally changing! 

This show gives us incredible experience we never had until now. 

Nupur Asthana’s Romil and Jugal is a powerful show. It pushes people to think and acknowledge the truth. It makes them feel the pain of those innocent people whose lives are full of complications, challenges and tragedies. This show is definitely gonna touch everyone’s hearts.

Actors Rajeev Siddhartha and Manraj Singh have done justice to their characters. They have performed from their inner souls. These actors are not just the artists of Cinema, they are the artists of society and the nation.

Kudos to the amazing team of Romil and Jugal. The director Nupur Asthana has remarkably performed and the actors have given their perfect.

Romil and Jugal is for everyone, not just homosexuals. Watch this with your friends, parents and family.

It’s not less than a full-fledged Bollywood movie. It was actually scripted as a movie.   It’s pathetic that such progressive and meaningful cinema couldn’t be released as a movie. The Censor Board is a shame for our country. Thanks to digital media, which is an easy way to broadcast and reach to people. Watch these episodes, like them, share them widely!

Romil and Jugal has the potential to change the prejudiced mindset of Indians.

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Romil And Jugal Shows Mirror to the Society : Rajeev Siddhartha

Romil And Jugal love story, the web series breaks the stereotypes and myths about homosexuality in the Indian society.

The actor Rajeev Siddhartha, who plays Romil, told IANS, “One of the very interesting parts of my character is how he discovers his sexual orientation and because of the social pressure, he could not come out and deal with the fact that he is homosexual until he meets Jugal.”

“That is one of the realities where in our society at times, we fail to deal with our orientation thinking this is all wrong because our mind is conditioned in a certain way. Here (in the Indian society) homosexuality is a taboo. So, this web series shows a mirror to the society in an entertaining manner.”

To establish anything unconventional, one needs parents’ support. His thoughts?

“I studied and worked as an investment banker before deciding to take up acting as my profession. When I told my parents, their first reaction was, ‘Have you lost your mind? You are leaving a great career, a steady job for acting, which has no stability and you know no one in the industry?’ Rajeev recalled.

“Staying focused at that time, convincing them and finding my way to live my dream was a task. The best part is… my parents are proud of me now,” he added.

“Getting a role in a film is tough anyway because of huge competition in the film industry. Having said that, I don’t think people will not cast me because I played a gay character on screen. Times are changing and now films are more character-driven. So if someone will find potential in me, I believe they will cast me in a film,” he said.

Produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Nupur Asthana, Romil and Jugal will stream on Alt Balaji app from April 16.