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Bollywood meets ‘Brokeback’

Recent Bollywood blockbusters like “Dotsana,” the story of two straight men who pose as a couple to persuade their landlord into allowing his sexy daughter to be their roommate, employed gay characters as comic foil. But “Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun” isn’t about guys pretending to be gay to get the girl. It’s India’s first mainstream film to have two leading actors who are not only gay, but also unabashedly sexual. As Kapil Sharma said in an interview with The Times of India, “The only thing I was particular about was that this character should not come across as a caricature or just as an object of mockery.”

‘Dunno Y” made its festival premiere last month at the closing ceremony of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which screened more than 20 other gay-themed films from India. Festival director Sridhar Rangayan says the film “definitely pushes some boundaries.”

“The film questions the current social system [and] the stigma and hatred faced by gay men,” says Rangayan. “A majority of gay men do get married to women and lead dissatisfied double lives. This is a dark reality in India and we hope the recent decriminalization of homosexuality will lead to social changes that will put an end to this.”

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  • heru aan

    PBS television has crossed frontiers that not so long ago was considered too explicit or immoral for a majority of its family orientated patrons and viewers. PBS was my safe haven for clean entertainment while at the same time enhancing my knowledge base.

  • Chuck Pace, MPH, MSW

    Homosexuality exists among all peoples and in all cultures. Ultimately, its denial proves to be harmful while its acceptance proves to be liberating. Indian sexual mores, viewed through the Hindu lens, has never had the stigma that the Pilgrims brought to America accept, of course, for the taboo of homosexuality. That this is beginning to change in India is news that I will be happy to share with two of my gay, Hindu clients. I hope this film will be released in the U. S. Thank you for bringing this news to me here in Los Angeles.