Fenil and Bollywood

Aryan Vaid plays gay superstar based on a Bollywood icon

Posted on: January 9, 2010

By Subhash K. Jha, January 7, 2010 – 11:33 IST Aryan Vaid
Keep guessing. In a rather shady underproduction film called Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun, Aryan Vaid plays a happily- married Bollywood superstar who likes to sleep with male aspirants.

It’s not that Aryan, now happily married to an American photo-journalist (blessedly female) is shy of naming the iconic superstar on whom his character is based.

Aryan happily names the inspiration for his gay character. “He’s happily married. But it’s quite often whispered that he swings both ways. My character is a closet-bisexual. But the cover is blown when the camera catches me in a bathtub with a star aspirant.”

Aryan’s introductory sequence has him nude in a bathtub with a wannabe star played by Kapil Sharma. “I’m supposed to be nude. But I wore my shorts. The aspirant wonders what the super-star’s wife would think if she saw us together like this? The superstar replies, “Oh she knows I do this. She does her own thing. I do my own.”

Ironically, the young actor who plays the aspirant in the tub is the director’s brother. Aryan says Kapil Sharma had no inhibitions about getting into the bathtub and making love with the senior actor although Kapil’s brother was directing it.

“Kapil was quite cool. So was Sanjay, the director, although they’re brothers.”

The sequence required the heterosexual Vaid to make out with Kapil. “On that very day my American wife Alexandra decided to drop in on the sets. When she saw me almost nude in the bath tub with another nude guy, she first freaked out and then burst out laughing. I shudder to think what impression she formed of our cinema.”

Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun purports to be an expose on the film industry.

Bollywood seems to be shedding its skin. But the question is what is an actress of Zeenat Aman’s calibre doing in a film like this?



1 Response to "Aryan Vaid plays gay superstar based on a Bollywood icon"

I am furious at the derogatory “gay hating” comments within this article, which are obviously based on the reviewer’s personal biases towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) . Jha’s article reeks heavily of discrimination towards this group. Just because the protagonist is bisexual, Jha calls the film a “shady underproduction” and questions “what is Zeenat Aman doing in a film like this,” comments which are frankly homophobic. Personally I think that a mainstream film tackling bi/homosexuality has been long overdue in indian cinema. I am ecstatic that BIG celebrities such as the gorgeous Zeenat Aman and actor Aryan Vaid are in this film, both of whom will ensure that the film gets the larger audience that it deserves, compared to smaller gay film releases in the past. I personally can’t wait for it!

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