Preeti Gupta: A bold portrayal

Actor Preeti Gupta on her role as a lesbian in Unfreedom, a film banned in India, and what she learnt in the process of the film’s making. Actor Preeti Gupta made her TV debut with a Hindi soap like Kahani Gha Ghar Ki but then went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, New York. After her return she acted in the indie Mere Haule Dost and Arthur M...
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Banned US director plans Ayodhya film

KOLKATA: Florida-based director Raj Amit Kumar is making a feature film on one of India's most controversial subjects. Titled 'Ayodhya', the Hindi film will have Victor Banerjee in the cast. Incidentally, Kumar's first feature film — 'Unfreedom' — was banned in India for its "content" of a "different kind". On Sunday, some scenes depicting same-sex love from the film that juxt...
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Central Board Of Film Certification Refuses To Certify Unfreedom

Unfreedom is a film that revolves around a Muslim fundamentalist in New York who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar with an intent to kill, while a closeted lesbian in New Delhi kidnaps her bisexual lover with the intent to love. What follows is torture and violence that evokes a brutal struggle of identities against unfreedom. The film is reportedly based on Faiz Ahm...
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Sexual Bias Creating Violent World: ‘Unfreedom’ Director

      Why did you think it was important to deal with a subject matter like homosexuality and religious fundamentalism? Why should people see this film? Because we need to question and try to locate the roots of intolerance, discrimination and violence. It is important to show what homosexuals face in India and how unfair, violent, brutal acts are committe...
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Now CBFC bans film on lesbians. Why censorship picks on cinema

 28-03-2015 LAWRENCE LIANG @whatzisnehm If wishes were horses, then we would be given a little more time to celebrate the sublime before we are forced to once again condemn the ludicrous. But that is clearly not to be, and less that five days after the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Shreya Singhal case striking own Section 66A of the IT Act, we are gifted the latest ...
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Banned in India: My Censorship Battle

  The Indian government has waged war on Raj Amit Kumar’s Unfreedom, banning the film in India. On March 5, 2015, the Indian Censors declared that the film Unfreedom couldn’t be certified for public viewing in India. In the following satiric piece by the film’s director, Raj Amit Kumar, based on actual statements made by the Indian Censors about his film, he is que...
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Why did India say yes to lesbian ad and no to lesbian film?

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For a large section of people out there, who continue to be misinformed about the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, an advertisement by Anouk-Myntra, about live-in lesbian partners was a revelation. Marketed as the first of its kind advert, it was dissected from all possible angles to hail the Indian society for finally achieving maturity and accepting ...
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Fight for “Unfreedom”

  Indian filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar brings two seemingly unrelated tales of violence and intolerance into one film. By Sara Almalla, Staff Writer New Delhi and New York may seem like worlds apart, but writer and director Raj Amit Kumar has brought them together in the heart-wrenching and shocking film, “Unfreedom.” Shifting between the two cities, the f...
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Unfreedom Review by Hollywood Jesus

Unfreedom is Indian director Raj Amit Kumar’s attempt to deal with the violence he sees as inherent in religious fundamentalism. The film is made up of two separate stories, in two cities, with people of different religious backgrounds. Although the stories never connect to one another, the connection is to be found in the ways that when people understand themselves as having t...
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Un-Freedom: Bold Film Documents LGBT Issues and Highlights Religious Fundamentalism

June 2015 Banned in India, the controversial new motion picture ​Un-freedom was released in the United States on Friday, May 29, 2015 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles as well as on nationwide digital platforms such as iTunes. Showing in Atlanta: Dates: Friday, June 5, 2015 - Thursday, June 11, 2015 Time: 9:20pm Venue: Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave ...
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