25 September, 2020

Dostana

Would the audience have had as good a time had the two heroes actually been gay and not merely posturing?

Dostana
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Starring: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kiron Kher, Bobby Deol
Directed by Tarun Mansukhani
Rating: **

 

I didn’t go expecting a Happy Together or a Brokeback Mountain. What held promise for me was a song in Dostana—Maa da ladla bigad gaya—written by a relatively unheard of guy called Kumaar. The Punjabi lyrics play delightfully with gender roles and stereotypes (Munda saada doli chadh gaya, band baj gaya) to mirror our society’s perceptions and prejudices against gays. However, the film itself does not push the envelope enough, though it does boldly cast one of its heroes as a nurse, not a doctor, mind you.

The situation, of two men posing as gays, is similar to an atrocious Hollywood film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and the jokes trace their roots to the Kantaben episodes in Kal Ho Na Ho. Here John and Abhishek are forced to fib about their...

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