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Kashish Chalchitra Utsav to be held in Mumbai during weekend

Kashish Chalchitra Utsav to be held in Mumbai during weekend

| @indiablooms | 25 Jan 2024, 10:13 pm

Kashish Arts Foundation is organising a two-day-long Indian language LGBTQ+ film festival as part of the recently launched Mumbai Festival 2024 activities by Maharashtra Tourism.

The event titled ‘KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav 2024’ will be held on Jan 27-28 from 11.00 am to 9.30 pm at Veda Kunba Theater.

This Indian language festival is coming after a hiatus of 4 years, to also coincide with the ongoing Mumbai Queer Pride month activities.

The festival will feature 37 Indian LGBTQ+ films in Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Panjabi, Urdu and Sanskrit. These are films that have won awards, acclaim or audience favourites at past editions of the Kashish Pride Film Festival, earlier known as the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.

It is a free event open to everyone who is 18 years and above.

“Kashish has for the past 14 years been an integral part of Mumbai, and we are very happy to be celebrating Kashish Chalchitra Utsav with our collaboration with the government-supported Mumbai Festival, and also the community-led Mumbai Queer Pride Month activities. We want to continue to build bridges between the LGBTQ+ community and society, to mainstream LGBTQ+ narratives and lives,” said festival director Sridhar Rangayan.

“We want to bring Indian language LGBTQ+ cinema to the forefront so that we can have diverse narratives which can speak and convey to our fellow citizens in their languages,” said Saagar Gupta, director of programming.

An interactive story-building contest and a panel discussion on emerging trends in Indian LGBTQ+ representation in cinema and web series are also planned.

More details about the KASHISH Chalchitra Utsav and the schedule can be found at

The Mumbai Queer Pride March will be held on Feb 3, starting from August Kranti Maidan.

Kashish Pride Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival and the first mainstream LGBTQ+ film festival in India. It has been held in Mumbai for the past 14 years and the 15th edition will be held June 5-9 at Liberty Cinema and other venues.

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