'Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun,' Bollywood Gay Romance, Hits Indian Theaters Amidst Controversy (VIDEO)

Published: November 12, 2010

It’s been hailed by some critics as India’s answer to "Brokeback Mountain," but not everyone is thrilled about "Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun," the first Bollywood film ever to explicitly portray a gay relationship.

According to the BBC, the movie focuses on a forbidden affair between two middle-class men in Mumbai. Shots of the two male actors in bed and passionately kissing, as well as shaving together in a bathroom, are among the more provocative segments.

Though homosexuality was de-criminalized in India last year, "Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun" was held up in the editing room since principal shooting completed seven months ago. Many insisted the more explicit scenes be cut, while star Kapil Sharma says he received threatening letters in the mail in the weeks leading up to its release.

And the movie, which hits Indian cinemas today, continues to divide potential audiences. "Practically the entire religious spectrum in India is united in its opposition to the celebration of homosexuality," John Dayal of the All India Christian Council told the BBC. "Not one of them says it’s a good thing, a natural thing." The nation’s legion of gay activists felt differently. "I definitely feel this film is going to encourage filmmakers to make more realistic films … and bring about better understanding in the minds of the Indian audience," said activist Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil.

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