Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan writer-director Hitesh Kewalya talks about the kiss between Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitu K.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan writer-director Hitesh Kewalya talks about the kiss between Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitu K.

Shubh Mangal Zayada Saavdhan director on Ayushmann Khurrana-Jitu K’s kiss: ‘No question of hiding any bit of film’

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan writer-director Hitesh Kewalya on retaining Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitu K’s kiss in the trailer, the subject of same-sex love and more.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 04:09 PM IST

Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan focuses on same-sex love and the film’s director Hitesh Kewalya says he understood his audience only after writing Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Ayushmann’s first film in the series that addressed the issue of erectile dysfunction.

Hitesh told Mid Day in an interview, “This film takes on homophobia; it holds a mirror to society and its need to box us into gender identities. How can we, as a society, pick out a certain kind of love and say that it must be banished? Why is this non-issue being made into an issue?”

Hitesh also claimed that putting the kiss between his lead actors in the trailer itself was a conscious decision. “There was no question of hiding any bit of the film. We wanted to play on the front foot. Why shouldn’t we? After Shubh Mangal Saavdhan [that he wrote the dialogues for], we understood the audience we were dealing with. We are sure about our story, and are going all out with the hope that society changes, one film at a time,” he told the tabloid.

Talking about the much-talked about kiss, Jitendra had recently said, “I am a reserved person, but Ayushmann made me comfortable. He is easy to work with and is quite friendly.”

Also read: Thailand shoot of Nagarjuna’s Wild Dog postponed due to coronavirus outbreak: report

“People are scared despite the decriminalisation [of Section 377]. Sexuality is rarely discussed in films anyway. Initially, Ayushmann and Jitu [Jitendra Kumar] had their share of guffaws, but four scenes later, they were professionals and have created a couple that people will root for,” he added.

He also said he took the route of comedy as it helps people opne up on difficult conversations. “The gay community has rarely been portrayed with the dignity and respect they deserve. This film is made with the motive of appealing to as many people as possible. So, we’ve taken the route of humour. Laughter opens people up to difficult conversations,” he told the daily.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan stars Ayushmann Khurrana as a gay man, and is being touted as the first mainstream gay love story in Bollywood. The film also stars Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao.

Follow @htshowbiz for more

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Kangana Ranaut played the lead role in Queen.
Kangana Ranaut played the lead role in Queen.

When Kangana Ranaut claimed credit for iconic scenes in Queen

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 12:06 PM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut once claimed credit for some iconic scenes in Queen, and said that she did not expect much from the film.
Close
Ibrahim Ali Khan with a friend at his ancestral home in Pataudi.
Ibrahim Ali Khan with a friend at his ancestral home in Pataudi.

Ibrahim Ali Khan's friend shares pic of the duo from a 'night in Pataudi'

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:58 AM IST
  • Ibrahim Ali Khan's friend has shared a picture with the star kid from their family home, Pataudi Palace. See it here.
Close
Actor Akshay Kumar says he is busy with his film shoot today.
Actor Akshay Kumar says he is busy with his film shoot today.

“Shooting in Mumbai”, Akshay Kumar denies any plans to attend BJP rally in Kolkata today

By HT City Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:51 AM IST
Actor Akshay Kumar says that the rumours regarding his attendance at political rally in Kolkata today are baseless and false.
Close
Mahhi Vij recently put out a statement clarifying the allegations against her and her husband, Jay Bhanushali.
Mahhi Vij recently put out a statement clarifying the allegations against her and her husband, Jay Bhanushali.

Accused of abandoning their foster kids, Mahhi and Jay find support in Ankita

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:46 AM IST
  • Actor Ankita Lokhande has defended Mahhi Vij and Jay Bhanushali against allegations that they abandoned their foster children.
Close
Karan Johar shared a video of his twins.
Karan Johar shared a video of his twins.

Karan Johar's daughter Roohi turns 'mummy' for brother Yash, watch video

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:39 AM IST
  • Karan Johar took to Instagram and shared a video of his children Roohi and Yash role-playing as a mother-son duo.
Close
Shraddha Kapoor and Ranveer Singh attended Rohan Shrestha's birthday bash in Mumbai. (Varinder Chawla)
Shraddha Kapoor and Ranveer Singh attended Rohan Shrestha's birthday bash in Mumbai. (Varinder Chawla)

Shraddha attends rumoured boyfriend Rohan's birthday bash, Ranveer also spotted

UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:48 AM IST
  • Shraddha Kapoor and Ranveer Singh were spotted at the birthday bash of her rumoured boyfriend, celebrity photographer Rohan Shrestha. See pictures here.
Close
Kangana Ranaut in a still from Queen.
Kangana Ranaut in a still from Queen.

On Queen's 7th anniversary, Kangana says she did it 'for money' to fund studies

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:42 AM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut has said that she did Queen 'for money' and never thought it would even be released. The film celebrates its seventh anniversary on Sunday.
Close
Shah Rukh Khan lost both his parents when he was young.
Shah Rukh Khan lost both his parents when he was young.

Shah Rukh Khan visits parents' grave in New Delhi, pays respects

UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 10:33 AM IST
  • Pictures of Shah Rukh Khan at his parents' grave site in New Delhi showed the actor paying his respects. Shah Rukh's parents died when he was very young.
Close
Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt in a Sadak.
Pooja Bhatt and Sanjay Dutt in a Sadak.

Pooja reveals advice dad Mahesh gave her for kissing scene with 'icon' Sanjay

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 09:56 AM IST
  • Pooja Bhatt has revealed the advice her father Mahesh Bhatt gave her before shooting a romantic scene with Sanjay Dutt in Sadak.
Close
Sonam Kapoor had the warmest wish for her cousin, Janhvi Kapoor.
Sonam Kapoor had the warmest wish for her cousin, Janhvi Kapoor.

Sonam finds rare childhood throwback pic to wish Janhvi on her birthday

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 09:40 AM IST
  • Sonam Kapoor, who lives in London, shared a throwback picture from their childhood to wish Janhvi Kapoor on her birthday. See here.
Close
Ibrahim Ali Khan with his dad Saif Ali Khan.
Ibrahim Ali Khan with his dad Saif Ali Khan.

Saif Ali Khan attends son Ibrahim's birthday bash, here's an unseen pic of them

UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:56 AM IST
  • An unseen picture of Saif Ali Khan with his son Ibrahim Ali Khan from latter's birthday bash has surfaced online. See it here.
Close
Priyanka Chopra shared a glimpse of the restaurant too.
Priyanka Chopra shared a glimpse of the restaurant too.

Priyanka Chopra presents new Indian restaurant in New York

UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:11 AM IST
  • Priyanka Chopra has shared information about a new restaurant called Sona in New York. She has been creatively involved with it from contributing in its design, menu, music and even with its name.
Close
Aamir Khan and Elli AvrRam shot for the dance number earlier this year.
Aamir Khan and Elli AvrRam shot for the dance number earlier this year.

Aamir Khan turns lover boy, poses with Elli AvrRam in first look of dance number

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 07:15 AM IST
  • Elli AvrRam has shared the first look of her upcoming dance number with Aamir Khan, from the film Koi Jaane Na.
Close
Dharmendra with Salman Khan at an event.
Dharmendra with Salman Khan at an event.

When Dharmendra called Salman Khan 'Suleiman' on stage, apologised with a hug

PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 07:08 AM IST
A vintage video of a young Salman Khan on stage with Dharmendra was shared on social media. Salman and Dharmedra's fans were amused at how the veteran actor goofed up Salman's name on stage.
Close
Pooja Bhatt in Bombay Begums.
Pooja Bhatt in Bombay Begums.

Pooja Bhatt, on the cusp of an acting comeback, reveals why she took a step back

UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:04 PM IST
  • Actor Pooja Bhatt has said that she took a step back from acting because she had no desire to play 'arm candy' to heroes.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP