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Bollywood’s first gay rom-com flicks its rainbow cape at stereotypes

This in a country where LGBTQ+ people are often cast as crude caricatures for cheap laughs

Annie Banerji

Eschewing the typical Bollywood storyline of boy meets girl and struggles to marry in the face of family opposition, a new film approaches things differently – with a gay couple.

Touted as India’s first gay male romantic comedy, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (“Be Extra Careful About Marriage”) stars popular actor Ayushmann Khurrana as an openly gay man who battles conservative attitudes to be with his boyfriend.

Packed with romantic scenes including a kiss between the male leads, the film offers a rare portrait of same-sex love in a small town in India, which legalised gay sex in 2018...

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