Deputy Director of OutRight Action International Maria Sjödin stated, “Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which made sexual behavior ‘against the order of nature’ illegal and punishable by imprisonment, served as a model for similar laws across the British Colonial Empire. As such, its fall marked a significant step forward in the recognition and promotion of the human rights of LGBTIQ people not only in India but around the world.”
The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor offers a rom-com peek into Mumbai’s gay life before the September 6, 2018, repeal of Section 377. Twisted in knots from the emotional to the situational, it is a happily-ever-after comedy of errors.
At 38, Ved Mehra has everything. He’s tall, Clooney-esque handsome, stylish, and the VP of his father’s electronics megabusiness. He’s first-class marriage material, and his status-conscious mother knows it. When she wears him down—wanting only the best for him, of course—he agrees to a business-beneficial marriage with the vivacious and accomplished Disha.
But Ved secretly grieves for Akshay, his ex-, who four years earlier bowed to pressure, married a woman and expected the two to carry as clandestinely as before. [Read the entire review here]