It is a sign of Indian cinema’s maturation that leading men are no longer apprehensive about playing gay characters.While the taboo broke long back in the West, Indian cinema took a while to grow up in matters regarding sexual orientation.
Kartik Aryan may well be the first mainstream star of Bollywood to play a full-fledged gay character in a Hindi film. If sources are to be believed, Kartik and newcomer Lakshya play gay characters in the sequel to Karan Johar’s 2008 hit Dostana.
Says a source, “In Dostana Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham were only pretending to be gay. In Dostana 2, Kartik and debutant Lakshya play gay character.”
It remains to be seen how much maturity Dostana 2 will display in dealing with a theme that’s still raw new and relatively forbidden for Indian cinema.