I am so excited, FINALLY a full length Ek Ladki Ko Dekha trailer!!!!! And it looks very unusual and very interesting and I am excited.
If I am following all of the carefully non-spoiler and non-protest inducing images, Sonam is the daughter of Anil, her family wants her to get married, and keeps parading men in front of her. Rajkummar is a romantic writer who falls in love with her at first sight and is Muslim. Anil is possibly starting a relationship with Juhi but it looks like he isn’t married so I guess that is just old and embarrassing not wrong?
And then the trailer takes a turn towards the end with Sonam talking about her “truth” and Anil saying he is ashamed and then two women holding hands and sitting together. So, possibly in the middle of all of this marriage push and Rajkummar as the interreligious romance option and Anil and Juhi starting up a middle-aged thing, Sonam is in love with a woman and trying to come out to her family as gay.
Now, for my American readers, this may seem cowardly. Or not, I don’t know. But in America, lesbian romances tend to be more common than male-male romances. Women are more likely to identify as bisexual then men. And so on and so forth, there are whole studies down about this and reams and reams of academic media study articles and blah blah blah.
But, India is not America. In India, one big taboo is acknowledgement of sexual desire on the part of women in any way at all. Lesbianism means acknowledging that women are sexual beings, that they are not just toys that have the sex drive turned on by the marriage ceremony and not before. there are public male gay figures and jokes and so on, but not so much female figures. So if Sonam is gay in this, and if her character is allowed to show a deep loving female-female relationship, that is radical and exciting on multiple levels.
And on the other hand, I really want to see Anil and Juhi in a middle-aged romance so I hope that is part of the plot too. Oh, and Rajkummar being Muslim! This is the actual realization of the question I asked my college roommate, would it be worse if she brought home a Muslim boy or a woman? For her, the answer was Muslim boy. But it looks like this film may swing the other way, say that Sonam’s family would rather she marry outside their community than be with a woman.
And then there is another Simmba song. Which once again seems to promote Ajay over Ranveer. And on the other hand, let’s Sara over-shadow Ranveer.