Friday was supposed to see India’s first gay Bollywood film Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun hit the big screen in a wide release roll out that would force the nation’s audience to stare, mouths agape, as two dudes kissed for all to see. Thank goodness some theater operators had the good sense to ban the film from their screens.
Two cinema groups — Cinemax and Fun Cinemas — refused to release the film, says Kapil Sharma, who appears in Dunno Y as a married bi guy. “They told our distributors that ours is a gay film and their theatres are meant for family audiences. They don’t want to entertain a film with gay content. Cinemax in Versova even refused to put up the standee of our film because it showed me and my co-star in a love-making posture. Some of the so-called enlightened sections of Mumbai feel the problems of the gay community are now solved, just because nowadays weekend gay parties happen at shady joints. And also because Section 377 has now been abolished. I wish these misguided liberals would look around to see how difficult life is for the gay community.”
But just like the story of Dunno Y‘s star Yuvraaj Parasher being disowned by his family for appearing in the movie, all this controversy can only drum up interest. Telling moviegoers than cannot see the film only makes them want to see it more.