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India’s first gay film Badnam Basti resurfaces after nearly half a century's hibernation in Berlin archive
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India’s first gay film Badnam Basti resurfaces after nearly half a century's hibernation in Berlin archive

Badnam Basti’s fate is as chequered as its history. The 1971 Hindi film considered as India’s first movie depicting a homosexual relationship and thought to be lost, has emerged after 49 years of hiding in an archive in Berlin. It is one year short of celebrating half a century of obscurity.