An openly gay actor , Benjamin Daimary has finally won a nation film award in India. Benjamin Daimary has become the first person in the Indian film history to bag this prestigious award.


 

This award came as no surprise, since his portrayal of Jahnu, a transgender, in Prakash Deka’s Assamese film Jonaki Poruwa (Fireflies) was highly appreciated. He was awarded the jury special mention at the 67th National Film Awards on March 22. 


Benjamin who is a make-up artist by profession comes from Goreswar, a small town in Baksa district of Assam. He is also the first Assamese person from the LGBTQ community to win this prestigious award.  



"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 told Media



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