Cinema has always been looked upon as an agent of change in the Society. Certain stories narrated on-screen have managed to bring in a revolutionary shift in the ideologies and thought process.

India's one of its kind Queer Film Festival has pretty much managed to do the same, in a small way.

It has always grabbed the attention of Indian audience gradually waking up to a world of people with distinct sexual preferences. The sixth edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival - South Asia's biggest and India's only mainstream LGBT film festival will screen 180 films from 44 countries, this year.

The event which will be held from May 27, 2015 in Mumbai has invited the attention of the film lovers for its unique choice of films. The festival unleashes a rich collection of films narrating the lives of homosexuals. A mix of interesting movies from different countries and background has helped in breaking myths associated with gays. The positive outcome of the festival was that it has managed to slowly change the mindset of the traditional Indian society.

Noted filmmakers Anubhav Sinha and Chitra Palekar, national award winning filmmaker and actor Aamir Bashir, actor Meghna Malik, columnist Malavika Sangghvi and festival director Sridhar Rangayan will actively work to make the festival a grand success.

Anubhav Sinha, director of blockbusters like Shah Rukh Khan star of Ra One and Tum Bin hopes to see an interesting mix bag of films invited from all across the globe.

Kashmiri actor-filmmaker Aamir Bashir who won a national award for the film Harud will also participate in the festival. Bashir appreciated the endeavour of Kashish for picking an idea that was ahead of time.

It is heroic that a niche film festival was started in India and is growing every year.

Similar to Fringe! Queer Film & Art Film, London, Asian Queer Festival, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and several other similar festivals across the world, the Kashish festival too is looked upon as a revolutionary movement.

Film festivals targeting the niche audience consisting of gays famously led to the change in the thought process. It has been instrumental in bringing together like-minded people to discuss gay rights.