Watch This Video and Tell Me I’m Not Crazy!!!!!

I put up this video as part of my Friendship Day post, and it got no comments, which makes me think either no one watched it, or it isn’t as remarkable as it feels to me.  And I am going slowly insane trying to figure out which it is.  Please!  Watch and comment and tell me I’m not crazy!

I’m I wrong, or is this not a super romantic and loving song between two men?  Like, to the point that it is hard to imagine what anyone involved thought they were doing if this ISN’T supposed to be a m+m romance?  And also, Bobby’s shirts?  (“Yeh Dosti Tere Dum” from Dosti)

 

 

If I am right, here’s the other thing that is keeping me up at nights.  Is that song so good that it has to knock “Jashn-E-Ishq” off my mental pedestal as Gayest Song Ever?  Arjun and Ranveer certainly have more chemistry, but do they have the romance?

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20 thoughts on “Watch This Video and Tell Me I’m Not Crazy!!!!!

  1. Yes, I think that first song could totally be read that way, especially some of the sexy looks Akshay was throwing. Though I would write it off as part of the different cultural mores around male friendship in India, the whole holding hands, obvious physical affection, etc. I’d like to think that the two of them decided to play it up as a joke just to mess with the director and the audience. But it still just fits in with the tradition of male friendship songs since Sholay, right? Arjun and Ranveers oiled up fight in Gunday is, for me, the epitome of homoeroticism in Hindi films!

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    • And there’s also the traditional romantic moments of visiting a religious place together, wandering into a wedding procession, and loving gazes followed by an embrace.

      But yes, Gunday is definitely the more explicitly sexual option.

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    • Oh, and I love the idea of Bobby and Akshay looking at the shooting schedule and going “well, this is just a love song!” and then deciding to lean into it.

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  2. That was so very, very gay and I’m familiar with the different social codes for men in other countries but those social codes do not include Bobby giving Akshay loving glances while the wind blows through his hair (I learned the significance of windblown hair from your book and it was so helpful!). It’s helped along by the fact that Akshay could have sexual chemistry with a lamp post.

    Jashn-E-Ishq has a lot of gay iconography but you are right, the romance isn’t there.

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    • Also, can we have a moment for Bobby’s very very floral sense of style? I also like the lingering wandering handclasps.

      For Gunday, this is what happens in these modern times! There just isn’t the romance there was in the 90s, now it is all explicit-explicit.

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    • In the modern era, just watch Sonu ke Titu ki Sweety. Romantic, lovelorn, sensual, and sexual, in glances, body language,and innuendo throughout the entire movie.

      I believe SkTkS to actually be a gay romance disguised as a misogynistic bromance.

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      • SOLD!!!! I have been avoiding this movie for the misogyny, but now I am excited to watch it for the m+m love story!

        They should have had you write the poster taglines 🙂

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      • OMG, just watched this on mute at work. It’s like Hamesha Tumko, but more so!!!!

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  3. Even by Indian standards, the Bobby-Akshay song is so gay. They are actually singing ‘you are my life, you have brought love(even used mohabbat)into my life , made my lonely life full of colours etc’. This is a love song, alright-an unknowing one though. Fun qn for u-without checking the credits can u identity the two playback singers ?

    Ranveer -Arjun song seems to be intented at giving the homoerotic vibe. You know old school innocent romance v/s in your face sexuality. That’s how the two songs look to me.

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    • Definitely cannot identify the singers. I am just terrible at that. The Bobby-Akshay song is clearly two 90s types with the smooth voices, and the Gunday song is some modern guy with the “oooo, I’m so manly!” kind of voice.

      Gunday was kind of promoted on their chemistry, wasn’t it? I feel like there were a fair number of cheerful jokes and winks during the promotion campaign. In a way that Akshay and Bobby never would have done, or at least not been so obvious about it.

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      • That’s Sonu Nigam for Akshay & Udit Narayanan for Bobby. I can’t identify the Gunday singers though. Gunday was all about the bromance including a joint appearance at KwK with very overt chemistry & innuendo filled talks.

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  4. Yep, that song is pretty gay, especially when Akshay twirls around in the “I’m sooo in looove!” move. I like how they high five instead of kissing. Hetero couples should do this too for variety, instead of the thing where they hug and touch foreheads.

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    • The forehead thing is very cinematic, but it doesn’t make much sense when you think about it. Just seems sort of uncomfortable.

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