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India, Hindi | English, 92 mins

  • Director: Sudhanshu Saria
  • Writer: Sudhanshu Saria
  • Producer: Navit Dutt; Arfi Lamba

CGiii Comment

HELLO?!?! HELLO!?! Is this thing on?!?

Did we just watch the same film?!? The praise that this film has garnered is beyond belief...because, it's - rather than use expletives - not very good!!!

It all centres around Sahil...a moaning, nagging little prick who would rip anyone's knitting within minutes of meeting him...well, after what seems an eternity, he gets raped by his [rich] rapist-cum-friend - and, forgiveness comes quicker than the rapist ejaculated!

Then...they go to dinner with another outre couple...in a swanky restaurant, dressed more to embarrass than impress, in a country where homosexuality is a crime...gay men have never been more grotesquely/ridiculously/irresponsibly portrayed on screen than this...less cringe-worthy, more jaw-grinding!

Reading the blurb below...this film is almost unrecognisable...'filmed in secret' - what, they didn't tell their mums they were making a poofy film!?!

We get it - political correctness and all that - after all, it's an Indian production - hooray - but, most of the dialogue is in English and the Indian-to-Indian [i.e. the haves-and-the-have-nots] racism shown on-screen is putrid...exacerbated by the fact that it's the gay men perpetrating this racism...and, let us not forget the gay rapist!

A film...most foul!


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Whilst in Mumbai on a short business trip, confident young hotshot Jai hooks up with his old friend Sahil for a jaunt through the Western Ghats. Leaving his boyfriend behind, Sahil attempts to forget his troubles. Jai, on the other hand, is out to cut loose and have some fun. Over the course of the next 48 hours, the pair re-connect and gradually reveal a complicated history, raising some painful truths in the process. Shot in complete secrecy in a country where homosexuality is still punishable by law, Sudhanshu ‘Suds’ Saria’s debut film is a bold and important film – as politically radical as it is emotionally raw. That it exists at all is something to celebrate, but that it is such a confident, compelling and emotionally rich piece of work is nothing short of extraordinary.

Michael Blyth

Cast & Characters

Shiv Pandit as Jai;
Dhruv Ganesh;
Siddharth Menon

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