Pine Cone: Embracing the Rainbow – A Milestone in Queer Cinema


In a significant stride for the representation of LGBTQ+ stories on the silver screen, acclaimed filmmaker Onir is all set to unveil his latest cinematic creation, “Pine Cone,” at the 14th edition of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. This eagerly anticipated film, which received its world premiere on June 7, marks a significant milestone in the realm of queer cinema.

Onir, a National Award-winning director and an outspoken LGBTQ+ rights activist, took to social media to share the captivating motion poster of “Pine Cone.” The poster exudes a sense of warmth and tenderness as it showcases the leading men of the film, Vidur Sethi and Sahib Verma, locked in an embrace. This powerful image captures the essence of love, acceptance, and the celebration of diversity that lies at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Pine Cone,” written by Ashwini Malik and Onir himself, is a collaborative effort supported by Onir, Anish, Sanjay Suri, Sanjay Routray, and Kewal Garg. The film is a presentation by Matchbox Pictures Pvt Ltd in association with Onir’s Anticlock Films. With such a talented team behind it, “Pine Cone” promises to deliver a heartfelt and thought-provoking narrative that delves into the intricacies of queer experiences.

The Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, known as South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, is the perfect platform to showcase “Pine Cone” to a diverse audience. As the opening film of the festival, it sets the tone for a week-long celebration of queer cinema, allowing viewers to immerse themselves in a range of compelling stories that explore the LGBTQ+ community’s triumphs, challenges, and ongoing fight for equality.

As the festival draws to a close on June 11, “Pine Cone” will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on both the LGBTQ+ community and cinema enthusiasts worldwide. This film is poised to create ripples in the industry, breaking barriers and encouraging more inclusive storytelling. By shedding light on the beautiful nuances of queer relationships, “Pine Cone” aims to foster empathy, understanding, and acceptance among audiences.

With its powerful storytelling, exceptional performances, and the visionary direction of Onir, “Pine Cone” is poised to be a groundbreaking film that paves the way for more LGBTQ+ narratives to be told on the big screen. It serves as a reminder that love knows no boundaries and that the power of cinema lies in its ability to unite and inspire audiences from all walks of life.

As the world eagerly awaits the release of “Pine Cone,” let us celebrate this significant moment in queer cinema and embrace the rainbow of stories that continue to shape our understanding of love, identity, and the pursuit of happiness.


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