Samit Kakkad Says He is Extremely Proud to Be a Son of Such a Daring Man
June is considered a pride month and is being celebrated in honor of the The LGBTQ+ community. All members of this community have faced several difficulties all through their life. Director-producer Samit Kakkad’s father Amar Kakkad, also a corporate filmmaker, has also worked in the films about the life of this community.
Badnam Basti is labeled as India’s first gay film. The characters shown in the movie were bisexual, and the story was about their heterosexual relationships. The story of the film was based on Hindi writer Kamleshwar Prasad Saxena’s first novel, “Ek Sadak Sattavan Galiyan”.
Talking more about his father’s contribution towards bringing the story of this community into limelight, he says “My father’s film was the first in India to talk about same-sex relationships. Dad played the second lead. He had been a stage actor in his college days and then, he went ahead and acted in this film. I am proud of my father. Fifty years ago, he did what no one easily dares to do even today. There are fewer actors who have the guts to portray such a character on screen.”
Talking about the professional front, Samit produced and directed the nine-episode web show Indori Ishq which dropped on MX Player last week. He has previously made films like Aayna Ka Bayna, Huppa Huiyya, and Half Ticket
Further talking about his father contribution to film industry, he also said “My father has schooled me in cinema. He made ad films and documentaries. The first time I looked through the camera lens was with him. He’s also my father of cinema and someday, I would love to direct him. I am sure he would love it, too. He’s the reason I have this undying passion to make films without using any crutches and narrating stories that are edgy and loaded with raw emotions. It was my father who always told me to chase my dreams, come what may, with a focused mind. That’s how I started early as an assistant cinematographer, I worked on the edit table, assisted filmmakers for years and then, made my first film. Growing and learning is the mantra that my father passed on to me. I hold on to it because that’s the only key to growth in life. The day you stop learning, you will stop growing.”
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