The 63rd National Film Awards have recognised three films with themes revolving around the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) movement and have received recognition and appreciation for the message they spread. The three films are Breaking Free for Best Editing (Non-Fiction), Daaravtha for Best Debut Director (Short Film) and Margarita With A Straw for Best Actor (Jury-Special Mention) for Kalki Koechlin. The awards were announced on March 28 and the ceremony will be held on Tuesday in New Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The most well-known of the three, Margarita With A Straw talks of the daily struggles of a teenager with cerebral palsy along with her exploration of her sexuality. Kalki’s portrayal of Laila is endearing and has won her many accolades. Upon winning the most prestigious National Award, Kalki said, “It was a once-in-a-lifetime role that challenged me as an actor. I’m happy I won the prestigious award. It is an acknowledgement of my hard work, but for me, performances, and not awards, are priority… If the audience loves my work, that is my biggest appreciation,” as reported by The Hindu. A video posted by Kalki (@kalkikanmani) on Mar 28, 2016 at 1:41am PDT
ALSO READ Sridhar Rangayan’s LGBT film ‘Breaking Free’ wins a National Award Daaravtha’s director Nishant Roy Bombarde narrates the tale of an adolescent boy, Pankaj, who embarks on a journey of discovering his sexuality. It explores caste differentiation in a patriarchal Indian set up and the social repercussions of deviating from the norm. The film has won the Audience Choice for the Best Short Film in the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) as well as the National Award for the Best Debut Director for a short film.Breaking Free is a documentary by Sridhar Rangayan that records the repercussions of Section 377 in India, as told by those who have borne the brunt. The film has in-depth interviews of activists, advocates and testimonies of gay and transgender individuals. Sridhar Rangayan overwhelmed with all the congratulatory messages pouring in The film doesn’t sugarcoat the issues or mask it to make it mainstream; it doesn’t hold back any punches. That’s why the recognition is all the more sweet for us, and for the LGBT community who see it as their own film.”

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Films based on the LGBTQ movement score big at the 63rd National Film Awards!