Who Is Benjamin, The First Openly Gay Actor To Win A National Film Award

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India now has a gay actor who has received a national film award, which may be a few decades late but is accepted with open arms nevertheless. By becoming the first openly gay actor to win the award, Benjamin Daimary has made history.

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On March 22, he received a jury special mention at the 67th National Film Awards. This award came as no surprise, given how well he was received for his portrayal of Jahnu, a transgender woman, in Prakash Deka’s Assamese film Jonaki Poruwa (Fireflies).

When I saw my name on the list, I got goosebumps. I have never thought nor would I have ever of receiving such an honour.

Benjamin Daimary to Assamese media

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This 20-year-old make-up artist from Goreswar, a small town in Assam’s Baksa district, is also the first Assamese member of the LGBTQ community to win a major award.

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