A lot has been spoken and written about Huma Qureshi and Madhuri Dixit’s lesbian relationship in Dedh Isqhiya. The director of the film Abhishek Chaubey recently said in an interview that he had to keep it very light and subtle so that he doesn’t offend the conservative sections of the society.
A lot has been spoken and written about Huma Qureshi and Madhuri Dixit’s lesbian relationship in Dedh Isqhiya. The director of the film Abhishek Chaubey recently said in an interview that he had to keep it very light and subtle so that he doesn’t offend the conservative sections of the society. The relationship between the two ladies was portrayed beautifully. It wasn’t caricatured; quite unlike the way homosexuals are usually treated in Bollywood films. Inspired by Ishmat Chugtai’s story Liaf, the director made sure he kept the take on ‘lesbianism’ very aesthetic and not make it too obvious. Well, looks like Bollywood has finally started experimenting with different concepts. My Brother Nikhil was a brilliant movie by Onir. In Bombay Talkies we had Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem locking lips. In Heroine there was a moment of attraction between Kareena Kapoor and Shahana Goswami. I doubt if we will ever be able to make something sensible and real like Gia or Brokeback Mountain, and even if we do, will the audience really accept it? Don’t know about that, but for now this seems like a good start.
People from the industry are also condemning section 377 vehemently. Imran Khan made a satirical video recently with stand-up comedy group AIB and protested against the decision in his own sarcastic way. Mahesh Bhatt recently said on Koffee with Karan that section 377 is the stench of the medieval times and it needs to be junked in the dustbin of history.
Since B-town is a fairly liberal place, and hopefully if more new filmmakers like Abhishek come up with brilliant movie ideas revolving around gay couples, who should be cast and why? I tell you…
Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi: The two have already proved that they can portray homosexual characters without making it look mawkish or going over-the-top. Maybe the gorgeous ladies can be cast yet again in another film.
Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone: Very rarely do you see two female actors have such dhamaal together. Thanks to Koffee with Karan, we got to witness the sizzling chemistry between the gorgeous ladies. In fact when Karan asked Padukone, who would she at gunpoint have a gay encounter with, she looked at PC and without any reluctance took the Chopra chick’s name. They are the most daring and sought-after babes of Bollywood, accepting challenges, willing to give every new role a try. I think PC and DP should at least once, be cast together as a lesbian couple. They will make a super passionate jodi.
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Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh: Thanks to Koffee with Karan again, these two brats created quite a furore with their cool rapport on the show, and we got to see all of that. They have similar interests and share a great bond. They are also pretty efficient actors; I am sure if given a serious gay role, the two will practically put their heart and soul into it.
Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji: These two are unabashed to the core. They were seen in No One Killed Jessica together. The two ladies were practically joined at the hips during the promotions of the movie. Since both the ladies are unapologetically bold, they would look great as a couple ‘madly in love’ in a movie.
Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty: A number of jokes revolved around Cocktail when the movie had just hit the theatre screens. People remarked that how the film would have had been much more interesting if there was a lesbian twist to it rather than the conventional story of a flirt (Saif) falling for the seedhi-sadhi nice gal (Diana). In fact there was a scene in the film when the two ladies hug each other and suddenly Deepika retracts her hands, to avoid an awkward situation, as if they felt some sort of a love spark. Maybe the makers can think of a cool sequel to the film!