In 2016, “Aligarh,” a Hindi film about a gay university professor in a small town, was released across theaters in India. By then it had already wowed festival audiences and received critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of the professor and his fight for privacy in a country where same-sex acts are legally punishable. “Aligarh” had no big stars or choreographed numbers; its strengths lay in tender performances and a portrait of quiet dignity.
Paris: At 9 am local time on Monday, Elie Buzyn leaned on his walking stick, a miniature French tricolour sticking out of his coat pocket, and watched from the side as a group of young activists agitated energetically in front of the Eiffel Tower. Emmanuel Macron had won the French presidential election on Sunday night, capturing 66% of the vote and in the process defeating extreme right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen, and Buzyn, 88, was among those who had exhaled in relief at the result.
Paris: A few minutes after 8 pm (Central European Time Zone) on Sunday, the serious faces of Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen revolved dramatically on giant screens set up in the public grounds of the Louvre, whirling for a few seconds until the results flashed. Macron had won the French presidential election with 65 percent of the vote. In the dying light of the day, the crowd erupted, the nation collectively exhaled. The Centre had held on and the Right had been beaten.