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Lesbian relationships mostly depicted as male fantasy: Sonal

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Oscar-winning Marc has come on board to co-produce the new directorial venture of Rahat Kazmis "Lihaaf", and now its says she had co-written the script to present the homosexual relationship in a much-dignified manner rather than just as a "male fantasy".

"Having worked as an in the industry, I realized that if we need women's stories to be told with nuance and truth, women need to start writing them. Which is when I decided to co-write 'Lihaaf'," said in a statement.

"And after having researched the subject for months, I decided to play the part of 'Begum'. Lesbian relationships have mostly been depicted as a male fantasy, I wanted to bring dignity and sensitivity to the subject. I hope I have achieved that... both as an and as a "

The poster of the film was launched at

It is based on Ismat Chugtai's similarly titled book. It tells the story of a Begum trapped in a loveless marriage and a victim of the sexually repressed patriarchal society. Neglected by her husband and forgotten as part of the decoration of a beautiful mansion, the Begum finally finds solace with her

Chugtai wrote the story in 1942 and was slapped with a case of obscenity.

In the film, it intertwines the story of "Lihaaf" and Chugtai's trial which went on for three years, and simultaneously unveils the relation between Begum and her



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:38 IST