Ayushmann Khurrana’s Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan Will Show Same-Sex Intimate Scenes. Question Is, Is The Audience Ready?
Don’t look now, but it looks like Bollywood is changing. Movies these days are offering us novelty, ground-breaking plots and more than a man and a woman falling in love. Filmmakers are creating, not just to entertain, but also to inspire. We have content that resonates with our society’s need for transformation. The mindset of people is metamorphosing, and Indian cinema is at the helm of things. I liked how Parched put the sexual desires of women into the forefront, unabashedly. We have Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, which tells the love story between two women. Ayushmann Khurrana has given us a series of movies, with a hilarious take on subjects people refrain from speaking about – sperm donation, pregnancy at a ripe age, erectile dysfunction and cross-dressing. This time, in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Ayushmann will be essaying the role of a gay character, and will be romancing TVF fame actor Jitendra Kumar in it.
While we have watched LGBTQ romances earlier, it has all been played down without showing any intimacy between the characters. However, this one promises to dive right in, and show a love story, exactly like how it should be. According to a report by Bollywood Hungama, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan will show the gay lovers romancing each other, unabashedly. “Unlike Onir’s brave My Brother Nikhil where no intimacy was shown between the gay partner Sanjay Suri and Purab Kohli, in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan there will be many intimate moments between Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar. This would be the first gay love story of Indian cinema where the central relationship would not accentuate the gender of the lover,” the report says.
Watch the teaser here:
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So when asked, Ayushmann expressed the fact that he is super comfy with making love to a man. “It would be no different to kissing a female co-star,” Ayushmann said. While Dream Girl, too had a great concept, it failed to execute it well. And while we can’t really tell whether it will be a good movie or not, but the fact that it is representing the LGBTQ community and normalising same-sex love stories in our country is applause-worthy.
However, what continues to be a bone of contention is whether audiences will be accepting of it. We saw Made In Heaven explore the concept and even show scenes between the gay characters but then again, it was a web series. Could Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan be the movie that breaks the taboos around this?