Netflix’s new same-sex love story had to be shot in secret for fear of breaking Indian law

Netflix’s new same-sex love story had to be shot in secret for fear of breaking Indian law

A new Netflix drama about gay love in India had to be shot entirely in secret to avoid the country’s censorship.

‘Loev’ was considered highly controversial since homosexuality is still a crime punishable by life imprisonment according to Indian law.

The film is a story about two friends, Wall Street businessman Jai (Shiv Pandit) and Mumbai music producer Sahil (Dhruv Ganesh), a road trip and the unexpected love that arose between them. Shot over a period of just 16 days, the film was completed in secret to avoid censorship due to the extreme LGBT laws in the country.

Director Sudhanshu Saria has previously said: “Loev is not a political film. It is a simple love story about an unusual love. But the act of making this film was a political one because of where this film was made.”o-LOEV-facebook

The cast worked secretly to avoid Indian censorship sparked by the decision of the Supreme Court in 2013 which criminalises all sexual activities deemed “against the order of nature” including homosexuality.

“Three years ago, India’s highest court passed Amendment 377 into law declaring homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment and making criminals out of millions of its citizens,” Saria said.

“By extension, the court made it very easy for any cinematic work endorsing or depicting this love to be censored, obstructed and banned. It was in this environment that I wrote the script and it was in this India that our actors, technicians, investors and supporters came together to make this film, working in absolute secrecy and, in many cases, free of cost.”

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights for the Indian LGBT romance, available on streaming on the platform now.

“I didn’t think it would be possible to cast or finance a film like this,” Saria said.

“To find ourselves on the cusp of a worldwide release is truly spectacular. It speaks to Netflix’s taste and the way in which they empower filmmakers to speak out against oppressive societies and arcane censorship systems like the one we have in India.”

The film that marks Saria’s debut as a director was presented for the first time at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia in 2015.

Loev was well received by the critics and won the award for Best Feature at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival in 2016.

Watch the trailer below:

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17 Comments

  1. Francis
    May 06, 08:20 Reply

    On download queue. Wish Netflix would expand their gay themed movies listing well well

  2. himbo
    May 06, 09:21 Reply

    Why are they so facially challenged?

    • Francis
      May 06, 09:30 Reply

      Facially challenged ke?! Every man with him own taste sha. Everyone looks cute/hot to me in the trailer

  3. Cleopatro
    May 06, 22:12 Reply

    speaking about movies, anyone catching that Busted movie private screening?

  4. Cleopatro
    May 07, 20:41 Reply

    Busted is a nigerian movie that follows the life of a lesbian couple as they wade through the law and religion. Apparently it’s already started receiving backlash before it’s May 21 premiere date.

  5. Chuck
    May 08, 02:25 Reply

    BTW, if anyone has seen LOEV, what do you think of the rape scene between the lovers?

  6. Lizzy
    May 08, 09:19 Reply

    Look good. Anyone seen Mr and Mrs starring Rita Dominic? It’s has a lesbian character and Rita played the mother of the girl. They didn’t narrate it as bad, it was a good try. This Busted thing, they will be busted. I hear they told the story so horrible.

    • Pink Panther
      May 08, 09:29 Reply

      That’s what I’m hearing too. Makes me very disappointed in Liz Benson and Kate Henshaw

  7. Cleopatro
    May 08, 10:44 Reply

    ikr, paul obazele too, isn’t he homophobic?

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