Bollywood Gone GAY??

 This article is dedicated to my friend Steve Zupcic, lover of all things Indian!  Enjoy!

Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes several regional film industries sorted by language. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.

Has Bollywood finally caught on and gone GAY?  It seems that it is posed on the brink of going gay very soon and the film that will present India's first gay on screen kiss has caused quite a controversy! Check out the article below taken from an Italian magazine.

"These days India may be going to confront one of its longest held taboos, as the film “Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun” (Don’t Know Why) threatens to present Bollywood with its first gay kiss on screen between the leading actors Yuvraaj Parashar and Kapil Sharma. After the controversy caused by the movie, Parashar’s real life parents have taken legal action to disown their (heterosexual) son because of the shame arising from his acting as a gay character, claiming to “not want to see his face even in death”; meanwhile, Kapil Sharma has recived some anonymous threatening letters accusing him to have betrayed Indian culture and tradition. In spite of that, Sanjay Sharma, Kapil’s brother and director of the film, says he believes that Indian audiences are “mature enough” to handle gay subject matter despite the fact the country only recently did away with colonial-era laws against homosexuality (only in 2009 High Court overturned a law outlawing homosexuality whose full legalization is expected but still must pass India’s Supreme Court). ‘Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun’ is the first Hindi film to look at a gay relationship with some degree of dispassionate honesty. According to Ashok Row Kavi, the editor of the country’s first gay magazine Bombay Dost, ”It talks of the complexities [of being gay] in India. Taboos are still very strong and hopefully it will change things.” Actually the lovemaking scene between Yuvraaj and Kapil is facing censorship. Kapil Sharma, who also wrote the film, says: “Why should the censors be scandalised if two men are kissing and making love? The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender.” The storyline follows a gay model forced to compromise his morals for his career. He then forms an intimate relationship with another man, who is already married and lives with his family. Where Dunno Y.. tries to take it further than just a furtive liason is in the way it shows the relationship between the two men: the married man nearly reaches the point of breaking off with his wife, but his lover refuses to let him. For a Hindi movie, this is way beyond anything that’s been shown in the homosexual range till now. Not just in the way the men show skin and suck lip, but in the feelings they share: these are people who want to live together, not just have illicit sex."  - 5 Magazine, Italy

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you! -- Steve
    (And when the Indians do gay, they REALLY do gay!)


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