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For STRAIGHT's director, it isn't her first foray into 'gay' theme

March 23, 2009 3:57:14 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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After DOSTANA, we now have Bollywood's second bona fide commercial film with the 'gay' word not just been used openly but also being the fulcrum of the film's narrative. DOSTANA was about two men who pretty much knew that they were not gays but had to pretend like one whereas STRAIGHT is about a man who starts believing that he could well be a gay when actually he isn't one!

However, for director Parvati Balagopalan, this isn't the first time that her characters are shown to be gay (or rather 'maybe' gay)! Even in her debut effort RULES - PYAAR KA SUPERHIT FORMULA, there was a gay couple woven into the narrative. So while the film revolved around the characters of Meera Vasudevan and Milind Soman, there were quite a few other supporting characters, two of them being gays.

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The treatment for the gay angle was pretty much kept subtle for most of the duration of RULES - PYAAR KA SUPERHIT FORMULA but still, the film will go down in history as one of the first to have touched the subject. Also, for Parvati Balagopalan too, it will be a feat of sorts since from a small episode, she has moved on to a full fledged film about gays.

In fact she has pretty much gone holds-no-bar in her entire narrative of STRAIGHT. So there are usage of cuss words (both English and Hindi), though in bits and pieces, while references to virginity have hardly been treated as a taboo. For one of the key sequences of the film, when Vinay Pathak states that he is a virgin, Gul Panag (otherwise being quite coy and homely) coolly asks him to be comfortable because she is not.

Also, even though there are no graphic indications, the film does have a strong undercurrent of sex flowing through it. With huge liberties that Parvati has taken in just her second film, one looks forward to see what she has to tell in her third outing.

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