Two Colours of Jahaan
A gay South Asian artist uses hook up culture to explore homosexual themes in his
religion for an exhibit. In between two hookups he gets on a call with his traditional mother
that reveals the universal duality of South Asian queer lives.
Jahan is a South Asian painter, living in the west. He is gay but not out to his traditional family back in India. He is working on a new painting exhibit called Gods & Gays – an exploration of alternative sexual themes and queer stories in Hinduism. As he paints a homoerotic portrait of Lord Krishna, posing for him as Krishna is his regular fuck buddy Alex. Jahan explains the story of Mohini – when Lord Vishnue the almighty took the form of a woman to seduce demons. Stories of two spirited gods and queer themes that have often
kept out of the popular Hindu narrative. Alex also mentions he might be interested in a guy he met on the gay app. Jahan knows his ways around these apps and proceeds with dick talk. They get aroused and start making out. Next morning after an awkward conversation Alex leaves Jahan alone to his thoughts.
That afternoon Jahan gets on a call with his mother in India as it is the religious festival of
Holi. Jahan’s mother elaborates on her dreams of his marriage to a woman, why his father doesn’t understand an alternative career choice and how she yearns to attend his art exhibition and be close to him. Clearly, Jahan is closeted to his family. The conversation ends and leaves us wondering of the duality that closeted South Asian youth have mastered as they choose their instinct over tradition.
After the call, the hook up app buzzes and Jahan gets a message from a profile named M. An exchange of sexy titillating messages follows and Jahan is expecting company, soon. He opens the door to Mike, a romantic interest of Alex but a great new subject for Jahan’s exhibit. After all, it’s only sex for art, nothing more.
Duration: 20 mins
About Panta Mosleh
Made in Singapore, she is a test tube baby, born in West Asia and raised in Asia and North America. Panta graduated University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has lived in Singapore, Iran, CanadSocial handle on Instagrama, Japan and the United States. She currently resides in Vancouver BC, which is on the unseeded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Na
“Pass The Salt” or “Dama Branca”,which have been on CBC, CBC Gem, Telus Optic TV VOD, Super Channel, Apply TV+ and Air Canada. She has also worked as an Associate Producer on Canada’s first Transgender Sitcom, “The Switch” airing on Out TV and Revry, an LGBTQ+ streaming service. Panta currently divides her time between directing, producing and acting, bringing her unique flair to every project. Panta is an alumni of the WIDC program and the recipient of the 2021 SNL scholarship. She is currently developing a limited series for CBC that is an expansion of her Crazy8s short film pitch from 2016, “Pass the Salt.”
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About Ritesh Matlani
Ritesh Matlani is a Vancouver-based producer, director and writer. Born and raised in the Middle East, of Indian heritage, he’s drawn to stories of how his culture thrives in a different geography. Indian diaspora, immigration, family and society, queer experiences and suppressed agony are recurring themes in his films. Trained at the Vancouver Film School, nurtured through global travel, growing up Ritesh was influenced by Bollywood, and World Cinema.
He works full-time in film production in British Columbia working on features and TV series for prominent North American film studios.