Khwaaish or desire is an Indian LGBTQIA+ themed short film that seeks to show a glimpse of the life of a young middle-aged guy’s desire to find a same-sex companion in a city that continues to refuse public acceptance of alternate sexualities.  Set in the busy streets of the megacity, Mumbai, the young protagonist ventures out in pursuit of love as he walks through the by-lanes and travels in the local trains till he reaches Marine Drive for a breath of fresh air.  There, he meets an interesting looking guy he feels attracted to, the both of them have a small exchange of conversations and instantly become friends.  The film shows the deep connection between the protagonist and his new friend as they exchange affection, chocolates, and feelings of intimacy.  By the end of the film, he realises that it was just a dream and that his efforts of being with him have shattered just like the glass window pane and decides to move on with his life as the camera fades away.


Cast and Crew


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Official Selection

2018: Queer and Allied Arts Festival (QAAF), Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune

2018: 9th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (MIQFF).

2018: OUT AND LOUD Pune International Queer Film Festival.

Queer and Allies Arts Festival
Queer and Allies Arts Festival
9th Kashish Mumbai International Film Festival
9th Kashish Mumbai International Film Festival



Sr. No.Film Festival / FestivalScreening DateCountry/ CityAwardRemarks
1Out & Loud Pune Interenational Queer Film Festival 20186 April 2018India/PuneBest Silent FilmWorld Premiere
2Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 201826 May 2018India/MumbaiMumbai Premiere
3Queer & Allies Art Festival 2018 (Hyderabad)10 June 2018India/HyderabadHyderabad Premiere
4Queer & Allies Art Festival 2018 (Banglore)18 August 2018India/BangloreBanglore Premiere
5Special Screening at Goverment Law College23 August 2018India/Mumbai
6Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 201821 September 2018Hong KongHong Kong Premiere
7Queer & Allies Art Festival 2018 (Pune)21 October 2018India/Pune
8Brixton Reel Film Festival London13 November 2018UK/LondonLondon Premiere
9Tarang Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival 20182 December 2018India/DelhiDelhi Premiere
10Special Screening at Hungary17 December 2018Hungary/BudapestHungary Premiere
11Best of Kashish Film Screening 201916 January 2019India/Mumbai
12Kashish Chalchitra Utsav 201920 January 2019India/Mumbai
13Garv Ustav Chandigarh 201928 February 2019India/ChandigarhChandigarh Premiere
14Special Screening for Dalmia College Staff1 March 2019India/Mumbai
15REINCARNATE II Regional Art and Film Festival28 March 2019Bangladesh/DhakaBangladesh Premiere
16Blued Queer Flicks 20197 June 2019India/DelhiWinner
17London Indian Film Festival 201928 June 2019UK/London
18Reel Desires Chennai International Queer Film Festival 20194 August 2019India/ChennaiChennai Premiere