Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

No Room For Love

One man’s untimely and tragic death becomes the story of a film about homophobia and trauma

No Room For Love No Room For Love

  • Dragged to limelight: An invasion upon privacy becomes evidence of ‘gross misconduct’ as Siras is videotaped at home
  • A battle ensues: Even as the professor is beleaguered by homelessness and isolation, he begins a legal fight to be reinstated
  • Tragic ending: Although the fight is won, it is too late. Siras is dead in his room by the time he is found by the police.


A film called Aligarh is making waves in the festival circuit. But to appreciate its achievement, we have to go back a few years—five, to be exact. On April 7, 2010, at six in the evening, journalist Deepu Sebastian Edmond ent­ered the two-room house of Professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras. There was a powercut in Aligarh that evening. Deepu switched on his torchlight to find his way, when the beam fell on Professor Siras’s body, lying on the cot, facing the wall.  This was the first time Deepu actually met the professor since he started speaking to him a couple of months earlier. The policemen in the room said Siras had committed suicide.