RBN Web Desk: Prominent actors and directors have hailed late filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s battle to secure rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, on the day when the Supreme Court (SC) scrapped section 377 from the Indian Penal Code. In a landmark judgement passed earlier today, the apex court observed that “adult gay sex is not a crime” and “sexual orientation is natural and people have no control over it.”
It may be recalled that Rituparno Ghosh was often the subject of social humiliation and ridicule because of his sexual orientation. The filmmaker passed away on 30 May 2013.
Kaushik Ganguly, in a social media message, said, “Had Rituparno been alive, there would have been festivities in the town.” Ganguly’s 2017 film Nagarkirtan, which fetched Riddhi Sent the National Award for the best actor, revolves around a transgender community of folk musicians.
'এলেম নতুন দেশে –
তলায় গেল ভগ্ন তরী,
কূলে এলেম ভেসে।।'
তুমি থাকলে আজ উৎসব হতো শহরে।
বিদায় 377, স্বাগত নগরকীর্তন।
সব যোদ্ধাদের অভিনন্দন জানাই। pic.twitter.com/D1xC1yjbCQ
— Kaushik Ganguly (@KGunedited) September 6, 2018
Director Srijit Mukherji, in his reaction, said that Rituparno had put up a brave fight and would have been extremely happy to see this day. The question was never about orientation. It was always about freedom, he added.
Reacting to the SC verdict, actor-director Parambrata Chatterjee said, “Majoritarian views and popular morality can’t dictate constitutional right.”