Either response is acceptable, I think it probably depends on how emotional you are feeling today. I just find it interesting to think about because I think the filmmakers were going for laughs, but have a respectful awareness that the topic may make some people cry.
I am feeling a bit intersectional about this. Because IT’S THE SAME MOVIE AS EK LADKI! IT IS IT IS IT IS!!!!! But when it’s a girl’s story, does it get all the buzz and promotion? Noooooo! It has to be a stupid boy’s coming out story before everyone is talking about it.
I am aware that intersectionality means acknowledging competing social aspects without putting one necessarily before the other, and I should be happy that queer stories are being told from all sides and so on and so forth. But, IT’S THE SAME MOVIE!!!!!
Margaret, don’t be stupid! You love ELKDTAL, you should be happy people are imitating it. A loving family comedy in the heartland where the central romantic couple happens to be same sex is a very specific genre, and I don’t think I will be sick of it for years to come. If more and more people want to rip off ELKDTAL without giving it credit, it will just bring more happiness to me, why shoot myself in the foot. Deep breaths.
Anyway, this movie is nice. Love the idea of Ayushmann as the sexy awesome brave Queer Superhero who romantically swoops in to save his true love from a forced marriage. Love the little bit tossed in about how Ayushmann is from a lower class less educated family and so made the break and always knew he would have to make that break, while his boyfriend struggles since there is a legitimate possibility that his parents might understand. That feels real. Really love Ayushmann skulking around the wedding being sexy and tempting. And from the way the trailer is structured, I think we can assume a happy ending. I hope the poor fiancee also gets a chance to speak her part, because it is sad to think about all these young women in India forced into doomed marriages.
One thing this movie might do better than ELKDTAL is giving the central couple actual sexuality. I’m sticking with my theory that ELKDTAL had less sexualization just because girls in general in Indian society are seen as asexual, not because of some kind of queer phobia thing. And this movie supports that, they are boys so it is all about sexual attraction not dreamy weddings and true love.
Oh, and I should go back to my first question. This movie is definitely set up to be lightly comic in a good way. It’s not funny because “two boys in love, ha-ha”. It’s funny because of all the misunderstandings and hijinks around that. Makes us see how silly society is for not accepting same sex relationships and laugh at them, not at the central couple. So this trailer can make you laugh at all of that. But, on the other hand, if you are PMSing a little, or just got off the phone with your mother, or are going through a coming out journey yourself, or just feeling emotional, Neena Gupta saying of course she is accepting because she is a mother might make you cry a bit.