India: Gay drama gets child-friendly movie rating

The makers of a gay-themed movie are today celebrating after their film received a U/A rating in their home country of India.

Evening Shadows centers on a young man in Southern India coming out to his mum.

It has received a U/A rating from the CBFC film board in Mumbai. This means parental guidance advised for anyone under 12. In reality, that means parents can take their children to see it, if they choose to do so.

‘Myself and my team are so thrilled with this,’ said Sridhar Rangayan, director of Evening Shadows, in a press statement.

‘It opens new doors for us. It offers the film a chance to reach out to a larger mainstream audience through a theatrical release and a satellite release. Our main aim when we made the film was not only to reach out to the LGBTQ community, but also mainly to parents and families in small towns. This U/A certification is a boon for the film.’

He says the censor board members who watched Evening Shadows felt it depicted the dilemmas of the mother with empathy. They also said the film doesn’t resort to using gay stereotypes.Read more via Gay Star News

TRAILER OF FEATURE FILM 'EVENING SHADOWS (Surmaee Shaam)' Set in South India and Mumbai, 'Evening Shadows (Surmaee Shaam)' is a tender heartwarming story about a mother-son bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, distance and truths. On a road trip that the mother & son take, truth spill out, ripping the tIes apart.