Ok, who’s the hottest couple in Bollywood? Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, right?
John Abraham and Abhishek Bachchan wrong? Yes
Wrong! After Karan Johar’s Dostana next month, it’s going to be Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. The two hunks, according to the buzz from the film’s sets on Miami’s sunny beaches, share such a terrific chemistry… that audiences are going to wonder.
Check out this rumble-tumble they’re indulging in and decide, is there a vibe between them? For sure! John, of course, is the international gay’s fantasy
an explosion of homosexuality in mainstream Hindi cinema. Those in the know say it’s partly a reflection of what goes on quietly in the industry.
Gay characters are nothing new in Bollywood. Earlier they either played the hero’s sidekicks or were just a caricature. Their portrayal hasn’t changed drastically now.
What has is that every other new release recently had one homosexual character. And we are not talking about films with a gay theme, like Mahesh Dattani’s Mango Soufflé.
Chunky Pandey swings both ways in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost , Market has an overtly effeminate pimp called Juicy, Raj Zutshi is a homosexual fitness instructor in Chupke Se and Rules – Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula has a gay couple. In Kuch Naa Kaho , there is no such character, but a reference to one. In the upcoming Out of Control, it is Satish Shah’s turn to switch preferences.
Apparently, John and Abhishek had no hesitation about putting their leading hero and straight images on hold for the time being and playing gay with conviction on screen. Union Health Minister Ambumani Ramadoss, who was all for changing the law that makes homosexuality a crime in India, will be delighted.
Karan, who’s always pushed the romantic genre and taken it to higher levels in cinema, admits that he’s experimented with the gay theme. “But not in an offensive way,” said the director, “this is not Brokeback Mountain, you understand, but it’s also not the same triangle with a train, plane or automobile climax and somebody rushing to stop someone from going away.
Our audiences are more ready than filmmakers for new formats and path-breaking films. Ten years ago, who would have thought A Wednesday would pack in multiplexes or a Taare Zameen Par would do multi-crore business?
They would be parallel cinema. Today they are mainstream.” Agreed. Times are a-changing and kuch kuch hota hai in Bollywood!