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Meet Benjamin Daimary, the very first openly gay actor in India to win a national acting award

-Monalisa Gogoi

It’s not easy being a member of the LGBTQ+ community in this world, and it’s much more difficult if you work in the entertainment industry. Benjamin Daimary’s path to prominence was not as straightforward as it seemed. Throughout his life, India’s first out homosexual actor to win a national award has experienced discrimination.

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Prakash Deka, also known as Pranjal Deka, is a self-taught filmmaker and writer who debuted with the National Film Award-winning film ‘Jonaki Porua.’ He was obtaining his bachelor’s degree in physics when he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking instead of science.

Assam’s first queer feminist feature film is ‘Jonaki Porua.’ ‘Jonaki Porua’ won all five major awards for Best Film, Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Designer, and Best Actor at the Prag Cine Awards 2021, according to IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie and television content. ‘Jonaki Porua’ also won all five major awards for Best Film, Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Designer, and Best Actor at the Prag Cine Awards 2021, the biannual.

Meet Benjamin Daimary, India's first openly gay actor to be honoured with the National Award | Vogue India

Daimary works in Guwahati as a make-up artist and fashion choreographer. His first love was not acting. After seeing his sister and other boys and girls having a good time at the acting session, he decided to join. He was on his way to give lunch to his sister, who had signed up for the course. He became involved in make-up, wardrobe, and other backstage chores because he believed he was a “poor actress.”

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He claims he wants to portray homosexual, transgender, and even heterosexual characters in the future. “Pretending is a big part of acting. When an actor who fits a part is given the opportunity to portray it regardless of their gender identification, this is referred to as equality.”
Apurva Asrani, the writer-director of Snip, had received a national award for outstanding editing before Benjamin Daimary. In 2012, Onir’s have received the award for best Hindi film. Sridhar Rangayan’s documentary Breaking Free, about homosexual rights campaigner Sridhar Rangayan, got the best editing prize in 2017.

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