Tag Archive | Bollywood

UAE Bans Gay Bollywood Rom-Com

UAE Bans Gay Bollywood Rom-Com

A major Bollywood gay film has been banned in the conservative United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to a sizeable South Asian community, the director said on Friday, as his new movie hit theatres in India. Touted as India’s first gay male romantic comedy, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Be Extra Careful About Marriage) stars popular actor, […]

India: Bollywood’s first gay rom-com ‘breaks stereotypes’

India: Bollywood’s first gay rom-com ‘breaks stereotypes’

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 […]

India: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

India: Bollywood’s first major LGBT+ film splits audiences

The big reveal during Bollywood’s first mainstream LGBT+ film “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga …” (“When I Saw That Girl, I Felt …”) arrives halfway through the feature. Distraught protagonist, Sweety, played by actress, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, explains to her besotted male admirer that she is in love with another woman. The film’s […]

Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star

Bollywood needs more LGBT stories, says Indian movie star

LGBT characters should be given more screen time in Bollywood movies to help bring about a shift in cultural thinking, Indian actor, Manoj Bajpayee, said on the sidelines of a film festival in London aimed at championing diversity. Bajpayee, who played a gay professor in 2016 drama, Aligarh, said public debate about LGBT issues was […]

Watch: Bollywood Goes Gay for New UN Free & Equal Campaign

The United Nations’ Free & Equal campaign has launched its first-ever Bollywood music video for gay rights, featuring Bollywood star and Miss India winner Celina Jaitly, who has been quite vocal in the past on LGBT rights in India. 

Celina Jaitly, Bollywood Actress Criticises Art. 377

Celina Jaitly, Bollywood Actress Criticises Art. 377

Celina Jaitly, of Bollywood fame, talks of the controversy in India surrounding the re-introduction of Article  377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) a law which criminalises homosexuality, and so can be used to discriminate against the LGBT community. Celina is an actress, and former beauty queen and model, who is also a UN Human Rights Equality […]