So Karan Johar has come out …. or rather as out as he dares to, without jeopardising his stake at the Box Office. He shows two guys pretending to be gay to get themselves an apartment and also to be close to a girl. Yes its Dostana I am talking about. My family saw it, and told me the gist of the story. Well, in my opinion all the men shown by Johar in his movies are gay pretending to be straight anyway. I also think Shah Rukh Khan is bisexual – as per his body language. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam was all about Shah Rukh and Hritik and Kal Ho Na Ho was all about Saif and Shah Rukh. The girls were incidental.
It got me thinking, is it a trend or something? Fashion with all its gay designers, and now Dostana. Has the time come for gay visibility? Is India finally getting mature and comfortable with alternate sexuality?
Gay people are normal and real. They are not sleazy sex manaics ready to grope any good looking butt. They might look appreciatively, but there is no harm in that.
For me the main stream masala film that worked in depicting gay people was Honey Moon Travels, in which the NRI played by Vikram Chatwal and the small town groom played by Karan Khanna come to terms with their sexuality. The NRI knows he is gay, and that he has decieved his wife by not telling her about this crucial fact …. and he confesses and tries to make amends. Karan Khanna’s character does not even know about himself. He is totally bewildered by the emotions awakened in him by this NRI. He probably does not even understand the concept of being gay. Both of them are good decent guys, they want to be good husbands to their wives. The way the small town groom tries to rationalise and understand his attraction for the NRI really touched my heart.
I know I am not very tolerant. I guess I am deeply thankful that my sons are heterosexual and do not have to face a hostile society and I will not have to watch them get ostracised and hurt. Homosexuals have the same needs, wants as heterosexuals, and do need to be given space and respect for their choices. They dont need to be laughed at and be at the recieving end of Kantabai jokes.