The Evolution Of Bollywood – 2

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by Karen ‘KD’ Dass

It’s a subject that came from my heart. I truly think the Indian industry has not tackled it in the right spirit up until now. It’s either been tackled in a very derogatory fashion or as comic relief, portraying them in a stereotypical way. Rather than helping the community, it has further damaged them. You walk out of a film thinking it’s okay to laugh at them, which I find horrible. I really wanted to change that~ Shelly Chopra Dhar , The Telegraph India.

For those of us who treasure B-wood 90s (music and movies), the movie 1942 A Love Story and its soundtrack is guaranteed to make the list. Seeing that youthful smile and absolute pretty face of Manisha Koirala and a very young Anil Kapoor with that trademark stache rolling around in his red PJs miming Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga was almost magical. Little did we suspect that 25 years later, this song title would be the name of a film also about love. This time, not set during the revolution period in India but described as a coming of age film. Why? Because the film tackles homosexuality. Yes, this is a big deal. After all, we’re talking about India here.

PHOTO SOURCE : Rajkummar Rao (Twitter)

If you’re expecting steamy sex scenes, you should hunt elsewhere. While the love story is that between 2 young women,you very rarely see them together. Debutante director Shelly Chopra Dhar explains that this is not to be labelled an LGBT film or a lesbian film as some think. Instead, the director seeks to provoke a discussion about acceptance and cultural barriers in the heart, the family and community.

The film was not as successful at the box office as heavy grossing films on opening day and this shows there’s still a lot of ground to be covered. The road might be a very long and winding one with alienation and disgust along the way but congrats to the female director Shelly, the production house as well as the team for taking such a bold step. Great news for the many who have found comfort in this representation.