BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: At a time when Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest same-sex film Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is breaking barriers in India by portraying homosexuality in a direct and natural manner (and we appreciate it) which also shows a passionate kiss between two males, unfortunately audiences in Dubai and the Middle East are missing out on it for the very same reason.
Due to a policy where all kinds of homosexual content is banned in those countries, the filmmakers unsuccessfully tried to convince the authorities to screen the film even after offering to edit out the much controversial kiss between the lead male pair of Ayushmann and Jitendra Kumar.
Meanwhile, the Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has opened to good reviews in India. Of course, the audiences are liking the natural chemistry between Ayushmann and Jitendra. And Gajraj Rao, who plays Jitendra’s father has again hit a sixer. Written and directed by Hitesh Kewalya, the sequel to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is more a discussion on homophobia than homosexuality per se. Through the lens of a joint family complexities and the inherent taboo and shame in India society about same-sex love and sexuality, the film brings out the much sensitive topic through humour.
The film also stars also Neena Gupta, and Maanvi Gagroo in pivotal roles. Jitendra who played the much-loved Jitu Bhaiya in TVF’s Pitchers makes his big screen debut with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.