Recently more entertainers from US are coming out publicly as gay, lesbian or bisexual – a welcome sign of a more accepting America, activists say, amid a fierce debate over marriage equality. The trend comes after Barack Obama, gunning for re-election in November, became the first US president to support marriage equality – instantly winning kudos from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) voters.
In mainstream bollywood films, a gay character is inserted to add a comic element to the film. In a recent movie, Bol Bachan in which Abhishek invents a gay twin brother and lends his Dostana touch to the character,according to a survey published in Times of India. Aseem Chhabra of rediff.com writes “Bol Bachchan” may be drawing in large crowds but it commits one of the biggest Bollywood crimes, reinforcing gay stereotypes that Dostana popularised a while ago.”
An upcoming upocming movie “Student Of The Year” Rishi Kapoor will be portraying gay character onscreen withn Gulshan Grover. Gulshan says that the film is for family viewing and his character is funny. He further mentioned that the character he played is funny but not in an insulting way. He is having dual roles in the film, one of a straight college professor, and the other of a gay choreographer. He says he respects the particular community and his some of his own friends who are very successful in their own friends are gays.
“But the general effect of an unusual body language or way of speaking could come across as funny, but it’s really not,” he says. In India, we are not used to seeing gay characters
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