The story is a unique love story of a gay man and a lesbian woman who are on a road trip to discover many elements of “love is love” and forming a unique relationship defining the sheer idea of a soul mate beyond sexuality and gender.
Anshuman Jha and Zareen Khan in Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele (Photo/PR)
After collecting accolades around the world, Mansi and Veer’s heart-warming tale about embracing love, life and friendship in Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele is set to arrive on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. Actors Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha portray the role of Mansi and Veer - two strangers and proud members of the LGBT+ community; who have more in common than they realise and chance upon each other at a bar while trying to escape their respective realities. The duo soon embarks on a road trip that turns out to be a journey of a lifetime; as they drive from Delhi to Mcleodganj, Veer and Mansi discover that love is truly beyond gender.
Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele created big noise globally as it won over several international film critics and enthusiasts, and clinched the Best Film-Audience Choice award at the HBO South Asian International Film Festival, New York. Winning the “Jury Award Best Actor” (Anshuman Jha), Best Actress-Hindi Films (Zareen Khan) & Best Director (Harish Vyas) awards at the 2020 Rajasthan International Film Festival, Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele was also the centrepiece film at the IFFM Melbourne 2020 and was the Closing Night Gala Film of Kashish 2020, Asia's biggest LGBTQ film festival. Written and directed by Harish Vyas and produced by First Ray Films, the film addresses homosexuality, friendship and love through its lead characters and their humane journey.
Director Harish Vyas said, “Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele is a human story of a special friendship that blooms, by chance, between a man and woman - both homosexuals - who are not only polar opposites - think yin & yang, but have had completely different personal journeys so far. My endeavour with this film is to bring forth the warm, positive, loving embrace that is the soul of friendship & to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community which I have been close to. We are grateful to have had a universal audience in New York, Australia & all the festivals where the film was showered with love & several global recognitions. After "Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain'' I wanted to follow up With a light, compassionate journey to re-discover love & friendship. "Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele'' is the culmination of that thought. And I am hoping that it also receives a positive response from audiences watching it on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.”
Actor Zareen Khan said, “I was immediately drawn to the depth and emotionality of Mansi's character since the first time that I heard the narration of Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele by Harish Sir and post reading the screenplay - its unique storyline just hooked me. Just like Veer and Mansi's lives change after their road trip, Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele has been a life-changing experience for me and I do hope the film is able to relay the message that love is love - to even more people as it releases on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.”
Actor Anshuman Jha said, ”The intent has been to bring forth a ‘Pure' story. The Supreme Court of India has legalised homosexuality, but there is still a section of society that considers it a taboo in India and my character Veer hasn’t mustered up the courage to speak openly to his family because he fears that they won’t accept it too. With friendship & love at its core, Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele is a movie that will feel like a warm hug & hopefully inspire people to have more open conversations. Encourage Acceptance. We missed the theatre due to the Pandemic but I couldn’t be happier that more audiences will be able to watch it on Disney+ Hotstar VIP. It's my last work which my mother saw before I lost her in 2020 & it's therefore even more special for me. ”
Life is dull, for the most part. But every once in a while, there comes a moment that makes a mark, a day that changes the course of our respective paths. The film begins on one such day when A girl from Meerut-Mansi. A boy from Chandigarh - Veer. Run away from their respective homes on their wedding day. And bump into each other at a club in Delhi. As if fate had destined them to spend more time together, they both end up on a road trip together from Delhi to Mcleodganj, which turns out to be a bonding experience for them like none other. As they get to know each other, Veer and Mansi uncover parts of themselves which makes them understand the meaning of real love & that it knows no bounds!
Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele releases this 9th May 2021 exclusively for subscribers of Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium.