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Bollywood set for 'serious' gay cinema

Bollywood’s getting bolder…and how! The amendment of Section 377, giving legitimacy to homosexual relationships, began a new wave that now seems to be getting translated on to the big screen. While My Brother Nikhil and Dostana had undertones of homosexuality, Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyun is the first...

entertainment Updated: Jan 22, 2010 14:59 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

Gay cinemaBollywood’s getting bolder… and how! The amendment of Section 377, giving legitimacy to homosexual relationships, began a new wave that now seems to be getting translated on to the big screen. While earlier films such as My Brother Nikhil and Dostana had undertones of homosexuality, Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyun, "the first mainstream Indian film to show a serious gay relationship," as claimed by its director Sunjay Sharma, may take Bollywood’s portrayal of homosexuality to a new level.

The poster of the film, set for release in May, shows actor Kapil Sharma in an intimate embrace with a newcomer, whose name is “not being disclosed because it is the film’s surprise element”. The actor admits to doing bold scenes with a person of the same sex being difficult. “Though I was prepared mentally, when the shoot actually began, I got nervous about doing it in front of the camera. I was especially awkward in a gay party scene,” says Kapil, who plays a “struggler who compromises with his morals to get ahead in the film industry.”

The team claims the film has its share of bold scenes, but they aren’t bothered about the Censor’s ire. “I don’t care what objections people will have. I’ve made the film according to my judgment,” says Sunjay. Kapil hopes the fact that the film is in English, and will only be dubbed in Hindi, will contribute to the Censor being liberal.