Project Bolo

PROJECT BOLO, meaning ‘Project Speak Up’, offers role models by documenting Indian LGBT persons – their growing up, struggles, love, career, achievements and life.

Project Bolo’s objective is to record Indian LGBT history, as well as inspire and empower the LGBT community in India, by presenting video interviews of LGBT persons and role models, who ‘speak up’ about their life and work.

This interview features HOSHANG MERCHANT.



Hoshang has always been a rebel, he says, right from his childhood in Mumbai in a Parsi household. After his studies at Purdue he traveled extensively from US to Iran to Palestine teaching and looking for life experiences.. Eventually he returned to India but could not get a job. Rejected by several colleges and universities because he was openly gay and unapologetically so, he finally found his home at the University of Hyderabad where he continues to teach literature. The anthology he published 'Yaraana' was one of the first queer writings to come out of India and he has more than 25 books to his credit - of poems, essays and stories. Hoshang is a rebel with a cause!


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Project Bolo is produced by The Humsafar Trust in association with Solaris Pictures and supported by UNDP (India)


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