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BJP threatens actor who plays gay lover

31 October,2010 07:48 AM IST |   |  Subhash K Jha

BJP's youth wing storms into actor Kapil Sharma's residence protesting against bold scenes in Dunno Y ufffdNa Jaane Kyun

BJP's youth wing storms into actor Kapil Sharma's residence protesting against bold scenes in Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyun

Actor Kapil Sharma

The release of Dunno Y...Na Jaane Kyun, a film about gay romance, has been postponed from October 29 to November 6 due to security concerns. A mob from the BJP's youth wing stormed into actor Kapil Sharma's Khar residence on October 25, demanding a pre-release ban on the film for its gay lovemaking scenes. Incidentally, the actor is also the film's director Sanjay Sharma's brother. The film is said to have explicit kissing scenes.

Actor Sharma says, "Initially touching another guy felt awkward. After the kiss, my co-star Yuvraaj and I couldn't look at each other for hours."

Recalling the incident, the actor says the situation was a tense one even after police arrived to pacify the protesters. "Everybody at home was anxious. No one was allowed in or out of our compound. The police arrested a few of the protesters, but I am worried. I hope the film sees a release." The actor has lodged a police complaint against the protesters and requested for special security until the release of the film.

"I got three threats via email, warning us against releasing the film." The filmmaker is now planning to arrange for security measures in theatres, fearing an attack.

Lead actor and model Yuvraaj Parasher, who also plays a gay lover in the film says his family has ostracised him. The film's cast includes Zeenat Aman, Helen and Kabir Bedi. These stars also seem to have distanced themselves from the project.

Says Sharma, "Zeenatji was a part of a couple of media events. But she's a bit media shy." Sharma refused to comment on the other cast members' absence from the publicity.

The censors have not been too kind either. "They have cut 50u00a0 per cent of the lovemaking scenes, and rear nudity," he laments.

The film as been shot in English and Hindi versions.

Filmmaker Jagmoham Mundhra says he couldn't take his eyes off the onscreen couple. While gay activists Manvendra Singh Gohil and Ashok Row Kavi have given the film a thumbs-up, conservative parties are wary of the film's liberal look at homosexual love. Despite the controversy, the actor says, "This is the first gay love story, and it's more than just a story about homosexuality."
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