Bollywood puts out more films than any other movie location in the world, but they’ve never put out an explicitly gay film. In 2008 they released Dostana, in which the lead pretends to be gay to get the girl, but that’s about it for major releases. But that’s about to change in May with the release of Dunno Y . . . Na Jaane Kyun, already being called their answer to Brokeback Mountain.
India is still waiting for a final ruling decriminalizing gay sex nationwide, but art is moving the ball forward with a film starring a relative newcomer Kapil Sharma, but directed by powerhouse director Amil Sharma, best known for macho action films.
The story revolves around an aspiring gay model who is forced to compromise his morals to further his career. It’s a plot that sounds like it’s been done before, but gay activists are cautiously hailing this as a positive film and are prepared for a backlash and to take on censors if need be. At least they don’t have our MPAA to deal with!
The first posters were released this week, and they’re steamy to say the least. We’ll be watching developments as the May release approaches.