(born 26 Jan 1996), referred to as Tanishq,
is an Indian Queer film director, producer, teacher,graphic designer and film faculty who works for the social cause for queer community.He has worked with Mahesh Bhatt,Pooja Bhatt,Subhash Ghai,Arvind Gaur,Pratibha Sharma,Yashpal Sharma during film festivals.He was also worked with Anupam Kher and Amit Bhattacharya for political intolerance issue in 2015 at New Delhi.He also appeared for the Nirbhaya rape case justice in 2013. He is also the founder of Naveen Publication,New Delhi.
Early and personal life
Naveen Tokas was born in New Delhi, India to indian conservative family. He studied at Lal Bahadur Shastri School and attended Amity Univeristy for his masters in science.He also studied Film Production Course at ADMEC Multimedia Institute, Rohini in Delhi. He has studied German as a foreign language from Geothe Institut, New Delhi. He is the one of the active worker of Miss Woomaniya Production.
Naveen Tokas made his directional debut with his documentary “Tanishq: The Untold Story” in 2016, which was screened at Delhi International Queer Theater Film Festival in New Delhi. Tanishq: The Untold Story received so many positive reviews and won third position among 20 films across the world. Famous singer Piyush Mishra was also attended the film festival. It was the only and the last screening of that movie because of several controversies in his family. After that he founded India’s first queer production house “Miss Woomaniya”.From 2017 he teamed with several drag queens and directed India’s first online active LGBTQ Interview Series “LGBTQ+Talk Show” with 10 episodes which were aired on its official youtube channel “Miss Woomaniya”.
Tokas next documentary was “Inaayat”, 2017 a positive documentary movie on a gay professor and his mother relationship.It was first released at New Delhi. It reveals the positive life of Himadri Roy, how his mother support him from his childhood. It gives a positive message to the mother of the world of supporting their child and the way of living in the homophobic world. Inaayat was screen at Delhi International Queer Theatre Film Festival 2017, New Delhi, Queer-e-Mehfil 2018, New Delhi, BODH Queer Event 2018 Allahabad and Queer Asia Film Festival, London, UK 2018, Blued Queer Flicks 2019 New Delhi, Garv Utsav 2019 Chandigarh,Allahabad Queer Film Festival 2019,The Mind Matters 2019, Kitty Su, New Delhi , Queer & Allies Art Festival , Pune 2019 and received the positive reviews.
His next directional was a queer romantic song”Qismat : Tale of Love” which was a Musical film depicted the message of loyalty between the couple. It tells about the characteristics of a loyal person that one can easily connect into its life.It was screened at Delhi International Queer Theatre Film Festival 2018 and received positive reviews from the audience. This film was terminated by the youtube on Miss Woomaniya official account because of license issue with the song producers.
Naveen Tokas also introduced a big national queer Event of Delhi called Queer-e-Mehfil 2017 that brings out the talent of queer ones in front of the world. More then 50 participants were participate in the event and it received beat and positive reviews also covered by national newspaper Hindustan times and all. The vision of the Queer-e-Mehfil was to bring out the vast variety in the Queer World to the mainstream one. In October 2019 Miss Woomaniya again create a history in the book of Kitty Su to bring more than 200 audiences in day time in their super hit event “The Mind Matters 2019” at The Lalit New Delhi. In that event different guest were invited from queer and mainstream world to end the gape between the two.
His next venture was on the life of Transmodel. Tokas directed and produced its fourth film “SINGULAR The Queen of Success” which is India’s first cinematic documentary on trans model. This movie is based on the real struggle of a trans model “Archie Singh” directed by Naveen Tokas with Deepanshu Pitlehra. This movie was premiered at TARANG Delhi International Queer Theater and Film Festival 2019 and received a lot of positive reviews. On 20th Oct, Miss Woomaniya launch its first trailer look at The Lalit , Connaught Place, New Delhi. Singular is Miss Woomaniya Productions first film which was covered by the top national newspapers including Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express and many more. This film is going to screen at Pune in Out and Loud Pune Queer International Film Festival 2020.
All films of Naveen Tokas were produced by his own production house Miss Woomaniya Production, New Delhi. His film Tanishq: The Untold Story was produced by him in 2016. His next film Inaayat was produced by him with Raghuveer Sandhu in 2017. He has produced his talk shows as well as his own events. Qismat film 2018 was produced by him only. In 2019 his documentary film “Singular The Queen of Success” was produced by him along with Miss Woomaniya production house.
In 2017 he worked with A Star news channel, but he had resigned as he always wanted to peruse his career in field of education. He joined SBIT College of Engineering and Technology as a Assistant Lecturer and taught engineering students. From 2018 he is teaching in schools as a Film and Science faculty. He also worked with Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar during his film project shoot in 2019.
Till today Naveen Tokas movies was covered by big national and international newspapers and magazines. His first film Tanishq: The Untold Story
was covered by Arre Are http://kyabaat.blogspot.com/2016/12/queer-theatre-short-films-diqtff.html
by Dr Sunil Deepak from Itlay. His film Inaayat
was covered by Indian Woman Blog https://www.indianwomenblog.org/read-how-a-mother-supported-her-queer-son-and-how-film-inaayat-explores-their-bond/
, Vice.com https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/7xm33y/a-mothers-acceptance-allowed-a-gay-professor-to-accept-himself
, Queer Asia London https://queerasia.com/inaayat/
, Miss Woomaniya Magazine https://www.misswoomaniya.com/positive-documentary-inaayat-about-gay-indian-professor-to-be-screened-at-blued-queer-flicks-in-capital/
, The Hindu https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/queer-flicks-a-film-fest-thats-screened-for-pride/article27695375.ece
, Outlook https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/queer-short-film-contest-highlights-lgbtq-issues/1551374
, London Net https://www.londonnet.co.uk/films/inaayat/?fb_comment_id=1970774889622028_1978344038865113
, ANI NEWS https://www.aninews.in/news/business/a-cinematic-voice-of-lgbtq-blued-queer-flicks-screens-top-5-movies20190609094437/
, GAYLAXY Magazine http://www.gaylaxymag.com/articles/entertainment/documentary-about-gay-indian-professor-to-be-premiered-at-queer-asia-film-festival-in-london/
, Adgully https://www.adgully.com/blued-queer-flicks-launches-film-festival-to-celebrate-lgbtq-community-86269.html
. His event Queer-e-Mehfil
was also covered by Hindustan Times https://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/india-s-drag-queens-on-their-feminine-identities-and-challenges/story-O3UKpb3ODCi6ZPDuMxlwvI.html
Tokas recently documentary SINGULAR The Queen of Success
, coverage done by Indian Express https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/transgender-model-archie-singh-naveen-tokas-377-career-options-transgender-persons-singular-the-queen-of-success-6112914/
, Tahelka News , Hindustan Times https://www.instagram.com/p/B26Qoh8luau/?igshid=f3lvk019kdmg
, Times of India https://www.instagram.com/p/B2nZYOVlHcd/?igshid=17zf58eucs29w
. The work of Naveen Tokas also feature in International Platform The Polis Project
, Itlay https://www.thepolisproject.com/young-bold-and-queer-indias-lgbtqia-young-generation-fighting-for-their-rights/#.XmvHXHIza00
- 2016 Tanishq: The Untold Story Director, Producer & Narrator
- 2017 Inaayat Director, Producer & Editor
- 2018 Qismat A Musical Tale Director & Producer
- 2019 SINGULAR The Queen of Success Director, Producer & Editor
- 2017-2018 Queer Talk Show Director & Producer
- 2018 Queer-e-Mehfil at India Alliance,New Delhi Organizer & Producer
- 2019 Breaking the Barriers with Tagore Int. School Co-Organizer
- 2019 The Mind Matters at Kitty Su, The Lalit, Delhi Organizer & Producer