a snippet from newscrux of bollywood
Posted on 10 November, 08 by Veresh
Tarun Mansukhani has reportedly clarified, “John and Abhishek lie that they are a gay couple, and so all other characters (in the story) presume them to be gay, which brings in the fun quotient to the film.”
Now with John and Abhishek behaving like proper gays, there’s bound to be a lot of confusion.
He tries to make the picture clear about the K Jo production which is set to release on November 14, “They (Abhi and John) don’t behave as gay. They behave as normal friends. In fact, gays never behave in any particular way. Their behaviour is not different from all of us. It’s our own perception about gays that makes us think that they behave in a particular way.”
He added, “Bollywood has made films on a variety of subjects…but no films have been made on gay sexuality till now. So I added it to the film. And these days, everyone specially the younger generation jokes about gay. But the film is not about gay sexuality. It’s basically about friendship and its ups and downs.”
The real picture will only be clear when the film releases on November 14th.
“It’s our own perception about gays that makes us think that they behave in a particular way.”
This is indeed what Dostana 2008 is about – I only found this after Ajay posted a comment on my post called Why We Should Watch Dostana 2008…well, as those who have watched it with an awareness of such things would tell you, the release does prove that Tarun Mansukhani and K Jo have kept their promise.
This movie is indeed about coming out to mother – as Gay, or as posing to be Gay, (the whole film is in fact ‘posing’ to be NOT about being Gay!)(so how does one look at the way that kiss has been picturized? Doesn’t the camera tell a story of its own in that scene?) whatever, the whole process, associated social scenario is very real, very authentic.
Gays announcing to Mum in real life could exactly face the same scenario where Mum shrieks, turns hysterical, tries to bhoot-bhagao, thinks he is possessed and tries voodoo to cure son etc.
This film is about dispelling those myths that always saw being Gay as only being about sex, about the expectation that Gays have to be certain way. That they are ‘different’ meaning ‘ab’ or ‘sub’ or ‘para’ but definitely not normal mainstream like you and me. But they are actually – normal.
And Dostana 2008 is about this. That real Gays would look like just any other man. Would only be different in the way they think. And fantacize, and desire and relate to men and women. Just like hetero men are from Mars, Women from Venus, probably they are also from another planet in the same solar system, maybe Aquarius – who knows?
It isn’t just friendship. Nor is it just about the body. It is a way of life. A way to be. For some. As good or bad as any of us. But quite normal. But of course, it doesn’t say it in clear, straight sentences and raise hackles and spell its doom.
But it plays with the ideas, using the story within a story technique, using a facade well to make a point – ‘the Gays – they are all around Mama, there is nothing to be worried about’. Just shut up and bounce. Along with life. Not against it. If Nature produced the urge, its quite natural. Just chill. And maybe Amend IPC 377 quietly without anymore ado.