Bollywood’s First Gay Rom-Com Fights Back Against Homophobia
The film tells the story of a man trying to get his father to accept him and his relationship with his boyfriend.
The new Bollywood film “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” is a rom-com about a same-sex couple—and it’s the first of its kind.
The film, which came out on Friday, translates to “Be Extra Careful About Marriage,” and tells the story of a man trying to get his father to accept him and his relationship with his boyfriend. Advertised as India’s first gay male romanitc comedy, the movie is a follow up to 2017 film “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” (Beware of Marriage).
Its trailer teases hijinks mixed with meaningful moments, and also features a same-sex kiss, as well as lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana brandishing a rainbow cape and a megaphone, pronouncing that his lover’s father suffers from “a disease with no cure": homophobia.
Homosexuality was illegal in India until 2018 when the nation’s Supreme Court reversed a colonial-era ban. But LGBTQ+ individuals still remain stigmatized in the country and often face discrimination or violence.
“The point was not being apologetic about (gay love); not depicting it as a problem, not take it as a disease,” director Hitesh Kewalya told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.