Bollywood releases 'first film with gay man as lead character'

A rom-com touted as Bollywood’s first movie to characteristic a homosexual male lead personality has been launched in cinemas.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, or Be Further Cautious About Marriage, stars well-liked actor Ayushmann Khurrana as an brazenly homosexual guy who clashes along with his conservative folks over his boyfriend.

Gay relationships are hardly represented in India, which legalised homosexual intercourse in 2018.

The movie depicts a kiss between the male leads and presentations one of the vital households suffering to come back to phrases with their son’s sexuality.

“The purpose used to be no longer being apologetic about [gay love]; no longer depicting it as an issue, no longer taking it as a illness,” director Hitesh Kewalya instructed the Thomson Reuters Basis.

“Our trade, sadly, has survived on stereotypes … and I did not need to do this. That used to be my largest duty.

“I sought after to wreck each and every stereotype the usage of this platform.”

Mr Kewalya stated Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan will be the first mainstream business Bollywood film to brazenly discover a same-sex courting.

The director added that the Preferrred Court docket’s ruling on homosexual intercourse had allowed him to be extra prematurely with some scenes, together with the kiss.

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In a single scene, Khurrana’s personality wears a homosexual flag as he struts throughout a terrace and shouts right into a megaphone that his spouse’s father suffers from homophobia, “a illness with out a remedy”.

Some arthouse motion pictures in India have depicted LGBTQ tales, together with “My Brother Nikhil”, which follows a homosexual guy suffering with HIV.

Bollywood’s first primary LGBTQ movie used to be launched closing 12 months a few lesbian couple, however it used to be criticised for its muted same-sex references.

In 2008, Karan Johar’s Dostana began discussions when it featured two primary characters who pretended to be homosexual with the intention to hire a flat in combination.

Homosexual males have additionally featured on courting presentations, whilst drag queens have seemed in making a song competitions.

However there’s nonetheless popular discrimination and abuse towards LGBTQ other people in India and same-sex marriage has no longer but been legalised.

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