Is India ready for homosexual leads in mainstream cinema?
Director-producer Karan Johar while speaking at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city of Davos said that he wants to make a heartfelt gay romance film. Karan Johar's romantic films went on to live in the hearts of movie lovers forever.
But the real question now is whether India is ready for homosexual leads in a mainstream film.
In the past, there have been films with homosexual characters, although the film's plots were not centered around those characters. Also, the representation of LGBTQ characters has been debatable, as they have often been used for
There are also some other films that had well written gay characters, but were not commercially successful. Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem’s characters from the film Bombay Talkies taught us that forcing gays to tie the knot with a woman does not change things, while Rahul Bose’s character Omar from the film I Am taught us about how gays are exploited by the society.
However, there are also a few films that have explored homosexual romance and love, and this has led to various controversies in India. The release of Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Fire in 1996 starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das resulted in groups like Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal storming theatres and hindering the film’s release.
Even years later, ahead of the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat there were protests not only objecting the romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim king, but there were a fraction of people who objected and took
On the other hand, there was a scene in the film Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), where Varun Dhawan — the lead actor of the film — gets assaulted by a group of men. However, the purpose of the scene was to produce
Even though the Supreme Court has
Interestingly the trailer of a film titled Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa
The film, directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar is all set for a nationwide release on February 1 and can be seen as a step forward towards