MUMBAI: The English version of a gay gigolo film Come December, which was in the making for two – three years, was given a special award for best foreign film at Indianapolis Film Festival in America last weekend. It was also given the special jury award for Cultural Vision by the Joseph Miller Foundation.
To commemorate with the event, a press meet was held on 21 November in Mumbai.
Story writer and director Faisal Saif says, “We are glad to have been instituted the best foreign film award. Come December is an Indo ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ British venture and is in English and Hindi versions. The film is about an Indian gay gigolo. It is based on the true story of a make-up artist in Chennai.”
He further adds, “The film faced a lot of flak by the censor due to section 377, which stated that homosexuality is a crime. Finally we were awarded 17 cuts. Some sensuous scenes of British actress Hailey Cleghon were cut. We had to edit and re-shoot to keep up with the continuity and re-censored the film too. Now the section 377 has been abolished and certified ‘A’ by the Censors. We are finally releasing the film on 14 February next year.
The film stars Aushim Khetarpal, Hayley Cleghorn, Ajay Varma, Mohini Manek, Kamal Mahrashi and is jointly produced by Ahmedali Sheikh and Pawan Verma with Kumar Raj as the co-producer.