Friday, April 23, 2010

Bollywood braces for gay kiss

"A young Indian filmmaker is bracing to test the waters for the subcontinent's first on-screen gay kiss, in Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun. The film, directed by Sanjay Sharma, is set to close, Kashish: International Queer Film Festival, Mumbai's first gay film festival on Sunday and is set for widespread release in early May. The film tells the story of an aspiring model who enters into a homosexual relationship, in part to further his career," reports the CBC. "Bollywood has only recently begun to show sexuality between men and women on screen. Old-style Bollywood films cut away to a shot of flowers or waves on a beach just before the leading man and woman locked lips. But on-screen kisses are becoming de rigueur for younger filmmakers and younger stars. Audiences seem to expect kissing and there has been little backlash against it. However homosexuality has been more of a taboo in India and some gay activists fear Dunno Y will provoke a backlash by conservative groups. Others welcomed the film because it portrays the complexities of being gay in India." READ MORE

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