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Movie inspired by gay Indian army officer blocked by defence ministry

07:08 PM | 18 Feb, 2022
Movie inspired by gay Indian army officer blocked by defence ministry

NEW DELHI – A critically-acclaimed Indian filmmaker Onir’s new film, We Are, was blocked by the country’s army as his script was about a romantic relationship between a gay soldier and a boy.

Onir’s script comprises four stories related to a trans woman, a lesbian, a bisexual man, and a fictitious account of the love between a gay officer and a Kashmiri boy.

The gay character in the film is inspired by the Indian army’s former Major J. Suresh, who resigned from the post in 2020, admitting that he was a ‘proud gay’.

Onir, who used to make movies to highlight issues of society’s marginalised groups, told the media that it is the law to take No-Objection Certificate from army if there is anything related to forces.

The film director said that he in December 2021 applied for the NOC but it was rejected stating that portrayal of the army man as gay is illegal.

Onir while talking to international media pointed out that movies where officers express love to women, were never rejected.

In 2018, the Supreme Court had legalised gay sex in the country, but both homosexuality and adultery remain punishable offenses under the Indian Army Act.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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