Bala star Ayushman Khuarrana is all set to come up with his first release of the year Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, which will be dealing with the sensitive topic of homosexuality. The unique storyline has already grabbed the eyeballs of the movie buffs who are eagerly waiting for its big screening. But there is bad news for the fans in Dubai and the Middle East. Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar’s love story has reportedly been banned in Dubai and UAE.
The Middle East countries banned the Hitesh Kewalya directorial owing to its homosexual content. The producers of the film even offered to edit the much talked about kissing scene between lead pair Ayushman and Jitendra Kumar. But they sharply refused to say, it was not about the kiss but the content of the film.
A source informed the website, “We knew this was coming. Or, rather not coming. We really wanted to see what Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has to say since it is the first Bollywood film that normalizes a gay relationship. Sadly, all films with a gay content are banned in these parts.”
However, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has passed the movie without any cuts, and Ayushman and the team are happy with the board’s decision. Apart from Ayushmann and Jitendra, the film also stars Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, and Pankhuri Awasthy in key roles.
Ayushmann, in an interview, admired the progress of Bollywood for making influential films like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.
“As an artist, I’m fortunate and privileged to be living and working in such times. I’m proud of my country and industry for the progressiveness that it has shown in the recent past and I’m grateful that I’m part of such a vision like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan that tells us about important life and societal lessons,” he said. On 21 Feb, the film releases alongside Bhanu Pratap Singh’s horror film Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship, starring Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.