Film: Bollywood Features First Gay Male Kiss
The film Dunno Y, the first Indian movie that shows gay males kissing, was released on Friday. Dunno Y was filmed one year after homosexuality was decriminalized in India and was released after seven months of deliberation from the Indian authority in charge of the censorship. Dunno Y provoked different reactions throughout Indian society: Kapil Sharma, one of the main actors, has even received hate mail and threats from anonymuos source, some of them saying that homosexuality has nothing to do with Indian culture and that is something imported from the West.
“Homosexuality has always been part of every culture,” said Kapil to the BBC in response of the hate mail and a small riot near his building.
The speaker of the All India Christian Council, John Dayal, told the BBC that all others religions are also against the movie, not because they don’t recognize some rights for the gay people (do they?), but because they believe that the movie celebrates homosexuality as something good and natural –and of course they think that this is not the case, just as they do in the West.
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, one of the most important gay activists of India, received the movie as a realist portrait of homosexuality and he expressed his hope that more filmmakers feel encouraged to show homosexuality in their movies.
In Mumbai, Cinemax and Fun Cinema refused to screen the movie, arguing that their family-oriented business could be affected negatively by the explicit content of the movie.
The reaction of the public has been diverse, but if we believe the box office numbers, most of the public does not seem too pissed off : Dunno Y is doing so well that the heaters that are screening it plan to increase the number of scheduled shows.
What about you, readers? Are you interested in the big Bollywood kiss?
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