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Influential voices within the trans community laud Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui by Abhishek Kapoor

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, the latest release from Abhishek Kapoor, is making waves for all the right reasons. The filmmaker is receiving acclaim from the leading voices of the trans community for his sensitive take on a hard-hitting subject.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is an “honest effort” according to Gazal Dhaliwal, a noted screenwriter and LGBTQ+ activist.

Gazal Dhaliwal wrote about the film, “I was moved by #ChandigarhKareAashiqui. I saw genuine heart and honest effort in this attempt to tell a difficult story – especially within the framework of mainstream Hindi cinema. I was wary after watching the Trailer, but the film took me by surprise. There are so many nuances of the life of a trans person that it gets right. The self-doubt, the self-confidence, the insecurities, the hopes, the loneliness, the inexplicable anxiety of falling in love, and the absolute grit. I felt seen.”

Gazal Dhaliwal, speaking about Abhishek Kapoor, added, “@gattukapoor, all of the above are your wins! I’m happy you made this film. I also envy you for beating me to it. 🙂
And I keep my fingers crossed hoping that it’s a big success… because we need more trans stories. Many more.”

Gazal Dhaliwal praised Vaani Kapoor for portraying Maanvi “authentically” and said that Ayushman Khurrana was “flawless” as a transphobic man.

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Gazal Dhaliwal responded to Abhishek Kapoor’s tweet with, “All I needed to hear. Thank U for embracing our film @gazaldhaliwal.”

Saisha Shinde, a celebrity fashion designer and a proud transwoman, said, “If you haven’t seen it yet, you are missing out on something that is revolutionary for mainstream Hindi cinema. @gattukapoor, thank you for dealing with this subject the way you have and not made it another sob story!”

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