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Priyanka Lalwani voices support for LGBTQAI+ community: Children after a certain age should be educated about gender and sexual minorities

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Actor-model-anchor-influencer Priyanka Lalwani always was aware of those belonging to sexual and gender minorities since she was in high school. But a better knowledge about the LGBT community and the vast movement happened much later. She is happy with how more people are aware of the movement, making it easier for those belonging to the community to come out as compared to what it was ten years back.
“The society has evolved, but a lot of people are still not aware of it. We need to educate people so that they know what the LGBTQAI+ community is. Children after a certain age should be educated about gender and sexual minorities. We have to understand their struggle and not look down upon them. They are just as humans as any straight person is. Just a thought, while watching Koi Mil Gaya, we could accept an imaginary alien-like Jadoo but in real life we fail to accept people belonging to the community, even though the latter look and behave like us unlike the former,” she says.
Priyanka shares having friends belonging to the community, “They are the sweetest. There is nothing different in them apart from being more empathetic, which probably we don’t find a lot these days.”
While the Supreme Court has decriminalized Section 377, same-sex marriage is still illegal in India. “It’s high time they made it legal. As they say love is love! It doesn’t matter what someone’s sexual orientation is, they should have an equal right to be with someone they love. We need to normalize this concept,” urges the actor, who has been a part of TV show Jamai Raja, Web series Spotlight 2 and films Vaaesar e Gum Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se.
Giving a heartfelt message to the community, Priyanka adds, “Just be you and be with whoever makes you happy or do whatever makes you happy. Give yourself more priority. We are in the 21st century where caste, religion, sex etc of a person should not come in between love. With what we’ve been through this pandemic, we now know that love and hope is all that we have.”

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Herumb Khot on what’s next for Invictus Mediaworks: We’re planning historicals, TV content, and short format, OTT and emerging media content as well

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From being a computer engineer, fashion photographer to a director-producer Herumb Khot has come a long way. Coming from a typical Maharashtrian family, engineering was a logical eventuality, but while pursuing his education he realised he is more interested in the world of fashion and photography.

“I am a self-taught photographer and started my career in Advertising and Fashion Photography when digital photography was gaining popularity. Photography is the reason why I started my own creative agency. Through it all, I knew that the internet was the way forward for entertainment and in 2006 came up with Nautanki.tv with two others.

We were in the 10 best business ideas in India that year as per leading business magazines. It was a bad partnership, so I walked out and started Sutra.tv. In Sutra, we made multilingual content that received appreciation. These two experiences gave me a new direction and I ended up getting into direction and production of Marathi films. Post that I also dabbled into AD films, Corporate films,” he says, before talking about his association with producer and storyteller Nilanjana Purkayasstha.

Together they decided to get into TV content together with Invictus Mediaworks. Their latest show is Chikoo ki Mummy Durr Ki.

“When I met Nilanjana, we would often discuss content and the potential TV has a medium. So that’s how slowly our collaboration worked out. Another passion of mine is history. I’m a history buff and I am a visiting faculty for a PG program in leadership, politics and governance. I also give a lot of talks in various forums and lit fests about the true history and mainly what we can learn through history.

This knowledge of history was a natural progression to the historicals we made for TV. So everything I ever did has led me to the current place that I am today,” he adds.
Herumb then became a director by accident.

“My friend Rahul Thackeray and I loved a story that we wanted to produce as a comedy film and along the way we realised that we couldn’t find people to translate what we wanted to create. So, we wrote and directed it together. It was a serious political thriller which we made into a crazy campus comedy that was way ahead of its time. After that I wrote and directed the thriller Game Over,” he says.

Talking about their future plans, Herumb adds, “There are loads that we are working on. We are planning historicals, more TV content, short format content, OTT and emerging media content as well. On a personal front, I am working on my pet project, ‘History Trippin’ that delves into the true history of our great nation and what the next generation can learn and also get to know about our spiritual heritage.”

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Producer Sudhir Sharma: There are only few takers for progressive and realistic content. We must stop chasing the last hit, audiences are ready for new stories.

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Having done shows like Miley Jab Hum Tum, 12/24 Karol Bagh, Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha, The Buddy Project etc over the years, Sudhir Sharma has come a long way. He has seen the industry evolve. Meanwhile, his latest production Ziddi Dil Maane Na is doing well.

“People are scared of taking risks and just want to follow the last hit format. It’s quite evident from the viewing pattern on TV and in the growing numbers on OTT platforms that our audiences are looking for more variety and different storytelling” he adds. While many think that the content on television has evolved considerably, he feels otherwise.

“I don’t agree with this. Many shows are similar to what it used to be 10 years back. We are still making almost similar stuff. And the saas-bahu era isn’t over. It seems there are only few takers for progressive and realistic content,” he says, adding that it’s time that we become realistic, explore the unexplored and experiment as the audience is ready.

Talking more about the changes he thinks should be incorporated in daily soaps, he shares, “We must narrate different stories. At least we must try! Engaging stories of hope and happiness, stories of real drama in our lives should be touched upon.”

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