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Bollywood is releasing its first major romantic comedy with a lead gay character

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (translation: Be Extra Careful About Marriage), its trailer, which has accrued more than 50 million views, features a shirtless Khurrana wearing a rainbow flag as a cape and denouncing the “disease” of his father’s homophobia. The clip also shows a flash of a kiss with a male romantic interest.

n 2018, India’s Supreme Court finally overturned its colonial-era ban on homosexuality, although LGBTQ people still face stigma and a lack of legal protections. Bhushan Kumar, the chairman of T-Series, which co-produced the film, said Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is poised to challenge these taboos, especially for older audiences.

“We have an interesting message — of societal acceptance — albeit in a much more fun manner so that it reaches more people and helps them re-evaluate their pre-conditioned thoughts,” Saavdhan told AFP.

hubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is released Friday in India.

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