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Right to be gay: new show on NDTV Prime from 25 Nov

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MUMBAI: Live and let live. The launch of this show on TV is one of those days when your happiness knows no bounds.

Director and writer Amit Khanna, who created the first ever LGBT web-series called All About Section 377, has added one more feather in his cap. The series which won hearts in the digital space, is all set to make its debut on the Indian television from 25 November. Not only is this the first LGBT serial on TV, but it is also the first web-series that has been picked up by a broadcaster.

With Hitachi on board as the title sponsor, the show will be aired on NDTV Prime every Friday at 9pm. The repeat telecast will be aired on every Saturday and Sunday though the channel has not yet decided a time slot, yet. Khanna said, “The response has been terrific. In fact, I am so happy with the way viewers have poured comments on the YouTube channel; it has been very motivating for the entire team. This encouragement has led to such a big move and this will be the very first time an LGBT web-series will be showcased on National Television.”

All about Section 377 is about freedom of love, love in its purest form. It connects to each and every individual irrespective of age from anywhere in the world. The web-series is a light and fun representation of the dilemmas faced by homosexuals.

It takes a light-hearted look at a gay couple’s life as seen through the eyes of straight homophobic man. It is about Suresh who comes to Mumbai from Delhi to pursue acting and modeling. Being a homophobic, his worst nightmare comes alive when he realizes that his cousin, who he is supposed to live with, is gay and also lives with his boyfriend in the same apartment. Hence begins the journey of a homophobic man who lives with a gay couple and how his perceptions change over a period of time. The response towards this web series has been overwhelming. Khanna has received some heart-throbbing letters and messages from those who belong or are staying with a person belonging to the community. He has also received tremendous appreciation for his acting skills in the web-series.

“I am touched by the effect of this web-series. A lot of youth have come out of the closet. Boys and girls have been living a life where they can't express freely. A mother wrote a letter to me, thanking me for creating the web-series. It actually changed her perception towards her son who is gay,” added Khanna. Khanna and his team are currently working on the series’ second season which will be launched shortly.

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