Bilal Qureshi. Arush Nand plays the young Arjie at his make-believe wedding in Funny Boy. ARRAY hide caption. In the opening pages of the Canadian novel Funny Boy , a young Sri Lankan boy named Arjie refuses to play cricket with the boys as his father insists. He'd rather bedazzle in bridal reds and join the girls' make-believe wedding.
LGBT rights in Sri Lanka
In 'Funny Boy,' A Young Sri Lankan Gay Man Comes Of Age As Ethnic Tensions Explode | WVPB
In the opening pages of the Canadian novel Funny Boy , a young Sri Lankan boy named Arjie refuses to play cricket with the boys as his father insists. He'd rather bedazzle in bridal reds and join the girls' make-believe wedding. Novelist Shyam Selvadurai 's gay coming of age novel became a critical and commercial sensation in Canada when it was first published, enduring as a pioneering story of queerness, politics, and South Asian history. As the new film adaptation opens with the sound of the ocean — establishing the lush seafront tropical landscape of Sri Lanka — a group of girls run across the screen, with Arjie's veil billowing in the wind, gender non-conforming and proudly leading the way. Funny Boy is directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta , who has previously explored what it means to be an outsider in South Asian culture in a trilogy of acclaimed and controversial historical dramas: Fire , Earth and Water. Like author Shyam Selvadurai, Mehta is also an immigrant to Canada and she says it was Selvadurai's interwoven narrative of being both a migrant and a queer outsider in his own culture that made it such a powerfully layered story of selfhood.
In 'Funny Boy,' A Young Sri Lankan Gay Man Comes Of Age As Ethnic Tensions Explode
However, the country of Sri Lanka is absolutely stunning and a wonderful place to visit, due to the sheer beauty in nature and history. The country has rotating monsoon seasons for the opposite areas of the island, meaning you could visit the country at any time in the year for an amazing vacation away from the storms. There are a few hikes you can partake in with picturesque viewpoints at the top to capture amazing views of the island.
Homosexuality in Sri Lanka consists of males who have homosexual sex with other males on the island-state of Sri Lanka. It also references the history of homosexual sex on the island during its history as Ceylon and as part of various continental kingdoms during pre-colonial times. The sections and A proscribe that any unnatural offences or acts of gross indecency between persons should be punished with "rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than 10 years and not exceeding twenty years with a fine and compensation". The section 07 of criminalizes soliciting and acts of indecency in public places, with a punishment of no more than six months and a fine of rupees. Homosexuality has been in literature and artwork for several thousands of years.