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by Editorial Desk June 9 2023, 12:00 am Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins, 12 secs

Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon, Sanjay Suri, Onir grace the opening ceremony, reports The Daily Eye #Newsdesk

The grand opening of 14th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2023 was held at Mumbai’s iconic Liberty Cinema. The spectacular evening was graced by Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon. Also present at the evening were eminent personalities like Sanjay Suri, Anup Soni, Onir, Sudhir Mishra and Vivek Vaswani; along with esteemed Advisory Board members consisting of Dolly Thakore & Arunaraje Patil. The world premiere of the film Pine Cone was screened today at the festival.

“It is a sheer joy to witness a full house on the opening night of KASHISH 2023. We are happy to host such a festival during Pride Month that brings the entire LGBTQ+ community together. We take pride in driving our message through cinema that knows no boundaries. We are excited to present 110 films from 41 countries till 11th June 2023” said Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director.

Expressing immense happiness, actor Raveena Tandon said, “Kudos to the entire team of KASHISH for binding the LGBTQ+ community together through cinema. Cinema is the best way to connect with the audience and drive the message. KASHISH stands for pride, and hope we see many more spectacular events in the coming years.”

To know that all that you stood for, the stories you tell, made a difference to someone's life and contributed to our journey towards being treated as equals is humbling. I Thank Kashish for this honor as it empowers me to keep pushing to tell our stories from our gaze. Be it through my biography " I am Onir & I am Gay" or through my next film PINECONE I want to make us visible without shame", said Onir upon receiving the KASHISH Rainbow Warrior Award

The colorful evening was hosted by well-known critic Sucharita Tyagi and actor Priya Malik who enthralled the audience with their wit and humor. The audiences went ga ga over performances by Sunita Bhuyan (violinist), Opera Tang (Singaporean drag artist) & Dancing Queens (transgender dance troupe). Another highlight of the evening were the awards. Raveena Tandon felicitated Onir with the KASHISH Rainbow Warrior Award and the KASHISH Champion Award was given to Kinnar Asmita, a community based, community led organization working for the rights and welfare of the Transgender community in Thane.

The festival will screen 110 films from 41 countries during the 4 ½ days at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Francaise de Bombay.

Registrations for the festival can be done at:

Film Programs, Schedules and information about Films in Competition other details can be found on the festival website

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