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Pakistani drag artiste and Bigg Boss contestant Begum Nawazish Ali feels that her nation is crumbling but sexuality there is a non-issue
• Will you be in women’s clothing throughout the show?
It will have to be a 50-50. I’ve made it clear that we’re unique individuals. There are two atmaans in me: one male and one female. But playing a woman 24/7 is physically impossible. At the same time, playing the male full-time is not feasible, because the man in me can be boring. I know it’s going to be a tight ropewalk for me. It’s a balancing act.
• Will you flirt with the men on screen?
Main chote-mote baccho ke saath flirt kya karoongi? There is only one person jo mere standards ko match kar sakta hai and that is the Bigg Boss himself!
• The show must also be an escape from the horrific realities of Pakistan.
In the last few months, I’ve been extremely depressed about Pakistan. Hundreds of people dying, from floods, from fundamentalist violence, and that’s all you hear about in the news. I have to confess that I have been selfish in accepting this opportunity.
Being locked up for those many weeks might allow for some introspection in terms of how I can give something back to Pakistan, how I can play a slightly more proactive role in repairing it. But yes, I am escaping the bitter, unpleasant realities of a troubled nation.
It’s important for my own sanity.
• Can Pakistani citizens themselves be absolved from the mess they’re in? You guys have let the army run amuck, to say nothing of bedding Islamist terrorists via the ISI? Hasn’t elitism destroyed your nation?
I don’t see the army as an enemy. The army has actually been quite active in restoring the nation after the devastating floods we’ve faced. But there are elements in the army, there are elements in the political elite, there are elements in the judiciary.
You can’t blame an entire institution. As regards the ISI and its alleged complicity in stoking fundamentalist violence, you have to understand that the game in Pakistan is a little more complicated. There are a lot of international agencies that are very active.
There are the Americans with their own agenda, there is China, there is India, both of which have their own agendas as well, and then there is Iran, which is another ballgame altogether. Pakistan is caught in a web of many intrigues, and its citizens are helpless. With these many sinister mobs playing under the table games, people are more bothered about their rozi roti than khatra.
This is a trial by fire that Pakistan will have to go through, lekin Pakistaniyo ko jaagna padega. They will have to wake up and sacrifice land, property, money.
• How easy is it being gay in a theological democracy and increasing fundamentalism?
Sexuality is not on the list of priorities for the players in the scramble for Pakistan. As far as sexuality is concerned, it is a very personal business in Pakistan; everybody is free to be whatever they want to be. I’ve never heard of any discrimination based on sexuality, as far as men are concerned. Men, whether gay or straight, have their way in this male-dominated society.
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 26, 2010)
The Delhi High Court’s judgement in favour of homosexuals last year hasn’t had much impact on the family of actor Yuvraaj Parasher, the lead of Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun that has India’s first gay kissing scene in it and also shows love-making and several intimate moments between two men. Yuvraaj, BT has learned, has been disowned by his family for playing a homosexual on screen and has been thrown out of his home in Agra. Worse, his father is ready to go to court and officially cut off ties with his son.
Seen as India’s answer to Ang Lee’s sensitive drama Brokeback Mountain that boasts of remarkable acting from Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun sees Yuvraaj partner with actor Kapil Sharma to breathe life into their bold characters. Yuvraaj’s father Satish Parasher told BT, “I feel what he has done is against the culture and tradition of our country and it challenges the purity of the relationship between a man and a woman. He kept us in the dark right from when he signed the film and told us that he is acting with a girl. When we heard about the poster and the things he has done in the film, we were shocked, hurt and humiliated. People will make fun of us and we won’t be able to live peacefully ever again.”
Satish believes Yuvraaj will never get a girl to marry him. “His mother is totally devastated,” said the aggrieved father. “We are a respected family and I’m appalled that he is playing a gay man’s role. We’re finished. All the dreams and hopes we had built around him are over. For just a film role, he has lost out on his blood ties. We don’t want to see his face ever… not even when we are dying.” Interestingly, Yuvraaj’s act with Kapil fetched them an award from Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal for their sensitive portrayal of gay men. For the actor’s family, however, such accolades mean nothing.
By Subhash K. Jha, March 31, 2010 – 15:03 IST
While the fate of the kissing scene between Rahul Bose and Arjun Mathur in Onir’s film Omar hangs in balance, Bengali filmmaker Sudipto Chattopadhyaya’s gay kiss in Pankh featuring Maradona Rebello and Amit Purohit has been passed by the censors, untouched.
This would be the first time Hindi audiences will see two men kissing on screen. Madhur Bhandarkar had earlier deleted a male kiss featuring Samir Soni before submitting his film Fashion to the censors.
Not only that, a sequence where Maradona Rebello goes fully naked before his screen-mother Lilette Dubey has also been passed by the lately-liberalized censor board, albeit with the 19-year old actor’s butt blurred.
The director Sudipto Chattopadhyaya has no quibble with Vinayak Azad Regional Officer of the censor board.
Says Sudipto emphatically, “In fact Vinayak Azad has been very supportive. Its individual members of the jury who raised questions about the language and content. Some words from the dialogues had to be beeped out. One lady in Burqa behaved as though the moral health of the nation would be destroyed by the deeds of my characters. Such hypocrisy has to stop.”
Director Sudipto Chattopadhyaya is extremely miffed at the lurid bent given to Pankh. “The so-called male kissing sequence is actually a molestation scene. The young shocked disgusted hero Maradona is force-kissed by a drunken friend who assumes Maradona is gay. The sequence is not titillating or erotic but filled with Maradona’s revulsion. But because the kiss came to light after Article 377 was repealed it was conveniently misconstrued.”
The nude sequence will qualify as the boldest ever in an Indian film. It comes at a time when the boy-hero must prove to his domineering mother that he is, after all, a man.
Says the director, “I’ve never spoken about this sequence before because the content is bound to be projected out of context. It’s actually the climactic moment when the hero Jerry (Maradona Rebello) can no longer bear with his mother’s taunts about his manhood. Jerry takes off his trousers to show his mother that he has a d…k like any man. It’s shocking moment. We shot Maradona from the back. But he was fully nude in front of Lilette Dubey.”
The censorial boldness notwithstanding one wonders how Indian audiences would react to a film that subverts the traditional mother-child relationship and takes it kicking and screaming into the zone of sexual politics.
READY TO DANCE ON THE CHANCE?
I have an interesting anecdote to share on Chance Pe Dance (CPD). It was mid-October last year. The promo of the film had not come out anywhere on the net except on Bigcinemas.com due to some reason. And the people didn’t know about it as Big Cinemas’ website was surfed mostly for online booking. But apni MSian Shalu Dhyani managed to surf deeper into the website and unearth the CPD’s promo which was lying in one of its inside pages! She informed me about it and we decided to share it with the rest of the world. I downloaded the teaser from Bigcinemas.com and then uploaded it on YouTube (with special mention and thanks to Shalu Dhyani!). To make the people aware about it, I joined the fan clubs of Shahid, Genelia and CPD on Facebook and pasted the link of the video clip there. The response that came amazed me. In short time, news spread that CPD promo was out. Within an hour, the teaser had got 1000 views and was increasing every minute! People started giving me ‘Thank you’ messages. Few asked as to how I got hold of the promo and I jokingly replied to them that I stole it from Ronnie Screwvala’s laptop!
But this terrific response to the first promo of CPD made me realize instantly that this is a film which will surely get a terrific opening and has high chance of succeeding at the BO. Most importantly, the film is for youth and about youths and it touches the subject of dancing as well-something which most moviegoers would enjoy. Besides, the Shahid-Genelia pairing has been loved and much appreciated. Songs have been impressive too.
Besides, there’s no other major flick releasing tomorrow with CPD. Thus CPD has all chances of earning wonderfully in the entire week. But, like every other film, CPD should be a well-made film to attract audiences.
Are you also all set to Chance Pe Dance this weekend? Do let me know your views!
KAMINEY’S CHARLIE WAS A GAY?!
There has been buzz among many moviegoers that Charlie (played by Shahid Kapoor) in Kaminey was unintentionally projected as a homosexual with Mikhail (Chandan Roy Sanyal) as his partner! Some came up with points too that justify their stand. Charlie’s relationship with Mikhail had homoerotic undertones. The two sang duets in a bizarre nightclub and had plans of running away. And who can forget the way both rolling on the floor and also on one another when they realize how their life can change with the cocaine they have laid their hands on? Then Charlie breaks down tragically when Mikhail is killed. And he names his bookie window after ‘Mikhail & Co’ just like how Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal for Mumtaz Mahal!
But then what about Charlie’s dream and the climax where he’s hitched to a babe? Blogger Ganesh Chandrashekhar has an answer, “This looks like Charlie’s homosexual guilt coming through, because the addition of a female character in the end seemed rather contrived, suggesting that he hopes to be straight in a highly homophobic society”.
To me, this is rather amusing as this thing didn’t cross my mind when I saw Kaminey. But yeah, the arguments put forward by ‘Charlie-is-gay’ group are noteworthy and Vishal Bharadwaj unintentionally did create a homosexual aspect of Charlie’s personality, although he was definitely not a gay.
But this also points out to the need for showing gays as macho and tough in our films. There’s no need everytime to project them as effeminate. They can be cool like Charlie too. Our writers should keep this point in mind while writing gay characters in future. What say-‘Fahi’ farmaya na?!
(Inputs derived from a Times of India article dated September 19, 2009)
This is a serious olive branch exercise for Kareena since it not only makes this her third prestigious film in a row for Karan, but also brings to an end her long-standing strained relations with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. With John, Kareena had locked horns after her comments on his acting abilities made on Karan’s chat show. The rift with Abhishek was far more serious. The actors had decided not to work together after things soured between Abhishek and Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor. Says a source, “Ironically, Kareena had been dropped from the first Dostana because she couldn’t work with Abhishek. And now she’s back in Dostana 2. Never say never again, at least in Bollywood, where equations change every Friday.”
Incidentally, Katrina Kaif was a serious contender for Dostana 2. In fact, rumours were that she had almost been finalised. However, director Tarun Mansukhani denies casting Katrina. “How could I finalise anyone until I finished the script except John and Abhishek who are an integral part of the Dostana brand,” he asks. About casting Kareena, the director says noncommitally, “We are almost done with the script. At the moment I’m neither confirming not denying Kareena’s presence.” The story of Dostana now moves from Miami where Abhishek and John shared a flat masquerading as a gay couple to London where they continue to play gays.