SYNOPSIS:

 

In 1995, the Indian Government charged Bollywood superstar Milind Soman with ‘obscenity’ for appearing nude in a shoe advertisement. Under the rhetoric of preserving nation’s morality, these charges were carried-out using old colonial laws that are still evoked to restrict desire and persecute homosexuality in India today.

 

Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life ‘back home,’ are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an on-going struggle to find a place of belonging.

 


REVIEWS:

 

"Harjant Gill's Milind Soman Made Me Gay is a powerful and moving meditation on sexuality, race, popular culture, masculinity and the traumas of exile and migration. Seamlessly moving between India and the US, Gill deftly connects the violence against Sikh minorities at the hands of the Indian state in the 1980s, to the violence against South Asian and Arab communities in the US post 9/11. For Gill, these interconnected histories of violence indelibly mark his own queer body. An excellent film for use in Asian American Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies classes."

        —Gayatri Gopinath, South Asian Queer Studies Scholar, author of Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures

 

"[A] sensitive, moving account about the tribulations of being on the perennial periphery."

       —Vishwas Kulkarni, Mumbai Mirror

 

"[A] terrific film...beautifully filmed and conceived."

        —David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle


“...Gill’s camera ‘writes’ a time that is not just retrospective, but also declarative, in so far as it creates an intermedial zone of exchange, of reception and further production, where ‘theory’ and ‘practice’/‘politics’ meet, commingle and influence each other’s futures.”

        —Ani Maitra, South Asian Popular Culture Journal


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27 mins. 2007

Directed & Produced by Harjant Gill