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In the marriage there are 'shaath' or seven rounds that the newlyweds are supposed to take; the movie name suggests of eight.
Gay rights organisations and individuals across the Arabic speaking world have been pushing for media adoption of the word مثلي (mithlyy) - a term without the negative connotations associated with shaath.
Strains of "Shesh judho shuru aaj Comrade, aesho mora mili ek shaath," (The last struggle begins today Comrades, come let us unite) - the refrain of The International - broke out spontaneously among some groups present.
The publisher, however, chose to translate the word gay as شاذ, (shaath), a word with the literal meaning of ‘deviant ', or ‘pervert'; - much to the dismay of both the authors and the gay community in the Arabic speaking world.