Makers of gay film file police complaint against threats

NEW DELHI: The makers of the gay film, Dunno Y, Na Jaane Kyun, are upset over what they term as "double standards of the Central Board of Film Certification in India", particularly because of the 40 per cent of the lovemaking and sensual scenes between Kapil Sharma and Yuvraaj Parashar that had to be deleted.

A scene of nude Parashar from behind has been deleted. The makers allege that just because the love making scene were between two men, instead of a boy and a girl, the censors were prejudiced, and some women members reportedly said this was against Indian culture.

The filmmakers point out that the censors have been clearing lovemaking scenes between men and women and there should be no discrimination.

The gay activists are furious since they consider that it is their legal right after the Delhi High Court judgment on Article 377, and claim that homosexuality existed even in ancient times and is also mentioned in the Kamasutra and can be seen in the frescoes in Khajuraho.

The film has won acclaim at gay film festivals for portraying the emotional conflict arising out of the protagonists’ realization of sexual preferences that are against social norms.

The actors have also been getting threatening mails from hard line individuals and organisations warning them with dire consequences if the film is released, it was alleged.

The filmmakers and the director approached the police for protection and lodged an official complaint. A complaint was lodged with the Khar police station. A petrified Parashar says, “Kapil and I are new to the film industry and do not want these people to harm us before our career even takes off.”

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