Faraz Arif Ansari’s Sheer Qurma qualifys for BAFTA, director shares gratitude

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Published by Sagarika Patil on 05 Jul 2021

‘Sheer Qorma’ the short film based on LGBTQA life has won Best Short Film Audience Award at Frameline Fest. With this, the short film has also qualified for BAFTA awards. Reacting to this huge news, Filmmaker Faraz Arif Ansari who has directed ‘Sheer Qorma’, expresses their emotions on the film’s success. They said, “I’m still a little numb. It’s the biggest queer festival in the world. A lot of people call it the Queer Oscars. This is huge and doesn’t happen every day. I read that mail, again and again, to make sure we’ve actually won it!”

They also revealed why this has been such a huge thing for them. They told that it’s the first Indian film to win there in the 45 years of the festival’s existence. They expressed that, “It’s to do with the fact being a brown, queer, Muslim child, growing up in India in the 1990s. You don’t really think these big opportunities will really come to you. And when they do, you go to the world and they’re talking about it. It feels very surreal. I don’t want to wake up from this dream,” says Ansari, adding that what’s really impressive for them is that, “A film about a queer Muslim woman, non-binary people from India, is the first Indian film to have ever won there.”

Ansari also said, “I had no idea until I was told by people in San Francisco. There’s a massive queer Desi community there, they promoted the film. They reached out to me and told me, and I was shocked.” The film stars Divya Dutta, Swara Bhaskar and Shabana Azmi in the lead roles.

Director Arif Ansari addresses self with the pronoun They/Them proudly.

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