I Am Film finally released in Singapore this weekend. And of course I had to watch it especially after being associated with CSAAM and also having interacted with Harish and the cast of the movie. But this post is not about the movie or a review of the same. Enough has been said about it already. In one simple sentence – This is a movie that will make you think and talk, long after it has ended.
This post is about the maturity of the audience and how adept they are in accepting homosexuality. In a cinema hall full of people, it wasn’t too difficult to notice suppressed whispers and the embarrassed laughs as soon as the I Am Onir bit started. Some people were more than vocal in the displeasure they felt on the making out scene between Rahul Bose and his partner. Some people found it funny enough to pass on smart remarks. And then of course, the comments which could be heard, were bordering on the lines of being insensitive and vulgar.
When accepting homosexuality on screen can be such a challenge, then how putting in place a law helps? The subject in totality is taboo, and no one really wants to talk about it. But being inhumane and demeaning towards homosexuals is just so unacceptable. This kind of attitude specially, from a matured, educated and urban population, is appalling. Why do people have such narrow minds and thoughts? Decked up in the latest fashions but minds so closed?
Why is it that people believe in “my way or the highway”? Worst case scenario – If you can’t accept something and become totally pro it, then the least you can do is to ignore it. Don’t go step further to degrade it and abuse it. Live and let live. They will be thankful to you.