TEAM



Lokesh - Writer/Director/Producer

Lokesh is a Writer, Director, Producer with his indie production house called 'Beyond The Limit Creations'. A person who strongly believes that films can highly influence the society we live in. Inspired by attending various film festivals, he has made some short films which helped him in learning the craft and the business of filmmaking in depth. This 27 year old with a very clear vision on both commercial and festival market, considers filmmaking as a tranformational tool; hence his films focus on various social issues and for that purpose, he does intensive research on the subject at hand. My Son is Gay, his long-awaited debut feature film is a path-breaking & very important Tamil language film from India.

Director's Statement:

"As a 21st century man, I believe in equality and freedom. It’s hard to digest the fact that 70 plus countries consider homosexual activities as a criminal offence. Sexual orientation and gender identity are an integral part of one's self and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. My Son is Gay (MSIG) is a reflection of the taboos and misconceptions in the society towards the LGBT community and attempts to pave the path towards empathy and compassion".





Anil Saxena - Co Producer

When 16 year-old Anil moved from his Old Delhi residence to the United states, little did he know he would be bidding his beloved country adeiu forever. Five decades later, he still craves the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood. Anil and his brother found a creative way to keep this love for their birth country alive and joined a forum aiming to provide young Indian Americans an avenue to enjoy the arts and culture of India. They played Bollywood film and organised shows where they invited the likes of Kishore Kumar, Yesudas, Ravindra Jain, Hemlata, Helen, Dharmedra and Hema Malini. Anil also successfully produced and directed a Radio show. With My Son is Gay, Anil's lifelong dream to turn a Movie Producer, comes true.



Cyril D'Souza - Associate Producer

Looking out of his cabin while cruising the seven seas, this culinary genius still felt something missing in his otherwise eventful life. Passionate about cinema, Cyril wanted to try his hand at production. While he debated on what kind movies he would be interested in, one thing this Mumbaikar was sure of.. that it had to be good cinema. My Son is Gay came at the right time and was the perfect fit. Cyril believes that language is not a barrier in cinema and passion can defintely help one succeed globally.


CAST

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Anupama Kumar (LAKSHMI):

Her dream to be an actor came true when at the age of 36, Anupama Kumar debuted in Vishal Bharadwaj's 2010 black comedy "Ishqiya". This was the followed by feature films and short films in various languages with renowned film makers like Bejoy Nambiar (David), Gautham Vasudev Menon (Neethane En Ponvasantham), A R Murugadoss (Thupakki), Cheran (Pokkisham), Cheenu Ramaswamy (Neer Paravai), Naveen (Moodar Koodam), Pandiraj (Vamsam) and Maghizhl Thirumeni (Meagaamann). She is the 2013 Vijay Award recipient for her role in the film Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal. A fauji by birth and an ex-journalist, Anupama is a vocal supporter of human rights and a devoted mother.



Kishore Kumar (GOPI):

Playing antagonist to the likes of Rajnikanth (kabali), Mohan Lal (Puli Murugan), Kamal Hassan (Thoonagvanam), Ajith (Aarambham) comes naturally to this soft-spoken organic farmer from Karnataka. This man of few words was once a man of letters, teaching Kannada Literature in Bangalore university. For someone who claims to be a "non-actor", KK has won himself many acting accolades for his versatile performances in movies like Haridas, Aadukalam and Attahaasa, including the Karnataka State Award for the films Kanthi and Rakshasa and the Vijay Award for the film Polladavan. KK is one of the main actors in Visaaranai, India's entry to the OSCARS this year. KK is a man on a mission.. to be in harmony with Nature.





Jaya Prakash (DR RAM):

"The Reluctant Actor" is how his epitaph should read, jokes Jayaprakash (or JP as he is fondly known). This former Film Producer, turned actor on a lark when his filmmaker friend Cheran offered him a role in the film Mayakannadi. This was the beginning of a fruitful career that spans various languages, winning him numerous awards including the Filmfare Award and Vijay Award for Pasanga. Notable amongst his performances are films like Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum, Moodar Koodam, Mangaatha, Naan Mahaan Alle, Vamsam, Ustad Hotel and Ozham.







Ashwinjith (VARUN):

Ashwinjith was like any other happy-go-lucky media student with a song in his heart and stars in his eyes. Little did he dream that his very first role would be the intensely challenging Varun, the gay protagonist in a film that would be a path-breaking film called "My Son is Gay". Varun hopes this film will help change the perceptions in the society towards the LGBT community.








Abishek Joseph George (KARTHIK):

Youtube sensation and thespian Abhishek is best known for his online film-based videos and his roles in the 2015 movies Demonte Colony and Ithu Enna Mayam. His projects Adhe Kangal, Vellai Niram are lined up for release this year. This engineering graduate loves to just relax and talk movies. Any Takers?








Sriranjani (MRS RAM):

Running 100 mts races and winning Hockey matches was all that occupied young Sri's thoughts. Fate however had other plans. "I am like clay. I can be moulded to any shape and can fit any form" says this beauty who was introduced by the legendary K Balachander in the TV series Kasalavu Nesam. After debuting in Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey, Sriranjani is now 90 films young. Her effervescent personality and congeniality makes her the centre of any gathering, and she continues to learn and pursue her passion for dance and music.







Maya S Krishnan (MAYA):

This petite national-level gymnast with a voice of gold always wanted to be an actor. So when Maya finished her engineering, she packed her bags and made her way to Tinsel town. Numerous awards and movies later (Vaanavil Vaazhkai, Thodari, Manithan), this YouTube darling has hit the jackpot with “2.0”, her next film starring the Superstar himself. How does this thespian relax? Maya helps patients de-stress, as one of Tamil Nadu's twelve hospital clowns.







Sowmith Yadav (AKASH):

When Sowmith is not busy keeping everyone in splits, he is pursuing his acting dream. This die-hard film buff is a media graduate from Hindu college. He has acted in various short films. When he is not dreaming cinema, he is dancing like no one is watching.










Sharukh Ahmed (SHAHRUKH ):

This tall man has even taller dreams.. dreams that involve bungalows with swimming pools, big cars and jets and superstardom, quite like his namesake. Sharukhan has been modelling for sometime and he hopes to take it to the next level with his debut feature MSIG.










Eswari (CHANDRA'MAA):

The youngest member of the cast, 50 year-old Eswari's excitement and energy are palpable on the set. With over 25 years of acting behind her, she earned her stripes in the 2015 national award winning film Kuttram Kadithal, as the protagonist’s mother.










Sharath (ROHIT):

10 year-old Chennai boy Sharath created history when he became the first ever Tamilian to win the prestigious Boogie Woogie Dance Award. Today at 17 years of age he dances and choreographs his way through life. And all his experience has helped in shaping him into the expressive actor that he has blossomed into.




CREW

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Sethumadhavan Napan - Executive Producer

Sethumadhavan has been a film critic and journalist, being the founder and chief editor of Mad About Moviez. In addition Sethu is an independent film distribution and marketing consultant, having released films like The Path of Zarathustra (2015), Manamantha and Vismayam (2016) and Jyo Achyutananda(2016). Sethu has also had a long standing relationship with studios/production houses like Drishyam films (makers of Masaan, Waiting etc) and Dar motion pictures (makers of Lunchbox, D-Day etc) where he has been helping them set up new projects.






Shilpa Raj - Executive Producer

Shilpa is a Management Graduate and Corporate Executive who chose to follow her heart and become an activist, amongst other things. Most of her time is spent in supporting NGOs Fourth Wave Foundation and Mist that work with issues of inclusion for differently abled people and rights for the LGBT community respectively. She and her family also actively support and work with children from Sharon Ministry of Tribals orphanage. She has been part of many socially relevant independent movie projects. She is also a part of the CMSR group that works on LGBT issues.







Afsal Hameed - Line Producer

19 year-old Afsal has big dreams... to be the finest actor in India and to be the youngest to win the National Award. He also dreams to be a filmmaker par excellance. To have successfully executed line production for a project as challenging as My son is Gay, is getting halfway there. This former athlete with his Greek God looks started as a child artist and has acted in many short and independant films. He aims to gain experience in all aspects of filmmaking.







Rathina Kumar - Cinematographer

Rathina Kumar has been active as the DOP on numerous short films and that is where this computer science graduate learnt the basics of cinematography. My Son is Gay is his first feature film. He is currently working on his next feature film.










Santhan Anebajagane - Music Composer

Having composed music for more than 160 short films, Santhan has experimented with many different genre in the music industry. Many of his compositions have received awards and accolades. My Son is Gay is his first feature film.










Dani Charles - Editor

Hailing from Cuddalore, Dani Charles, like most other technicians in the media pursued engineering (Mechanical, at that!) but found his true calling in the passionate world of cinema. He started out by designing posters for his college events and slowly branched out into video editing, and there has been no looking back, since. He has worked in 22 projects - ranging from short films, advertisements, documentaries, telefilms, music videos as an editor. Moreover, he has been part of cinematography and publicity designing for various projects. He's also an avid photographer and it's safe to say, he's a celebrity favorite!







Sudharsan Lingam - Sound Designer

Fascinated with all things aural, this Engineering graduate sealed his fate when he decided to put all his energy and resources into his sound studio, Sound Parti (correct this pl). Aiming to provide both big and small films an international quality of sound, Sudharsan dreams of creating films with impeccable audio effects. Amongst the many films he has worked on, a short with only 'Sound' (no music and dialogues) named 'Donna' was nominated and screened in 'Festival de Cannes'.








Rekhs - Subtitlist

Rekhs started her subtitling mission with VTV officially in Feb 2009. She has revitalised this much-needed department and completed 350 films since then in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Some of her notable works have been Adamintemakan Abu, Thenmerku paruva kaatru, Azhagarsamiyin kuthirai, Vaagai sooda vaa, vazhakenn 18/9, Ustaad hotel, North 24 kaatham, Saivam, Kanche and Ennu ninte moideen. She is also the first recipient of the Behindwoods award for best subtitlist in competition category all india level - 2015 (papanasam, puli and 36 vayathinile). Her dream is to take the smallest of Indian Cinema to a worldwide audience.






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