Suruchi Gupta

Vivek Anand, The Voice of I Am Omar… Biopics 5/7

by on Apr.27, 2011, under Interviews

This was a rather shocking one (numbr 5 of 7 article series)… Mr. Vivek Anand heads the Humsafar Trust, Mumbai. He is the one who provided Onir the story for I Am Omar, which is enacted by Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur. When I called Mr. Anand, he made it very clear the the man on whose life the story is based, does not wish to speak to media. I respect the choice. Yet, tried to get some information on the man from Mr. Anand by insisting… was almost shocked by what I got… PS: By no means do I want to prove that “I Am” is controversial or untrue… I wanna say, this is also a part of reality…

Can you pls tell me what does this un-named man do? No need to share his name or identity otherwise…
He’s got this small little franchise of Amul Ice cream. He’s married. This man, he had come to Bombay to become an actor. Then got into sex work. I’d infact told Onir that it would have been nice if we had taken his point of view also – he’d wanted to say why he did what he did. But the man himself will not entertain any questions… It is his choice. What you are seeing in Omar was loosely based on this guy. He had come to Bombay, become an actor, had been falling short on money, and not once, but many a times seduced upper class men and walked away with their laptop, money, etc. But later on, he totally quit the profession of sex work and decided that…
He was bisexual in nature, not only gay. And he decided to work, and set up a ice cream parlour. Today he is married, got a wife and child. He had come to me when he was 18, and is but like my son. We had agreed to give the NOC, and was happy that the story should come out, but he does not want to speak to media…

But the story is about gay rights… where does this man fit in the role here?
Omar’s story is about an identified gay man who gets cheated by a hustler. Omar (played by Rahul Bose in the movie) is the gay man, Jay (played by Arjun Mathur in the movie) is the hustler. The story is from the point of view of Omar, not Jay. Jay is the gigolo.

How long back did all this happen?
About six years.

Is the man still based in Mumbai?
Umm… He is currently on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Midway through the conversation I got quite a good bashing from the speaker as I told him I did not know the meaning of the word ‘hustler’. While I do not think it is criminal not to know it, the speaker, who helped me soooo much in making this story possible, blasted off with this… “What story will you write if you don’t know the basics! You don’t know the meaning of hustler!” Dumb me? Thanks for sharing it all sir!

Picture from Google. Read on for more on the biopic series…

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1 comment for this entry:
  1. kevin

    nice move … very touching …. juhi chawala,s work is also good

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