Homosexuality has always been portrayed in a ‘caricature-ish’ manner in Bollywood films but a film maker says he tried to break that stereotype by showcasing things as normal as they are in real life in his film.
Talking about his film Kapoor & Sons director Shakun Batra he says has tried to break the stereotype with Kapoor & Sons. “I am really put off by the regressive portrayal of homosexuality in Indian films. I feel it is done in really bad taste. In my film, I wanted to tell a story which will not put off any part of the audience,” he adds saying his film had a Pakistani actor Fawad Khan playing the character of a homo sexual.
Some actors are reported to have refused the same sex character in the film.
The cast also included Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.
“The idea was to say it in a way that even if my mother saw it, she will not be put off. The aim was that more people should come in and understand how things are actually,” Batra said.
“For me the movie wasn’t just about that (homosexuality). It was one of the facets in my film, but surely an important one”, he said adding he took care to make it funny to attract the audience.
Kapoor & Sons was produced by Karan Johar, whose films often had a humorous take on the issue but Batra, 33, feels the producer opted for a more palatable version.
“Fawad was wonderful. He read the script and was right away on board. But we did discuss about the pitch and tone and one thing we talked about it was that homosexuality is a whisper in the film and not a scream,” said Batra. – CINEWS