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Shahid as Charlie in ‘Kaminey’

Insiya Amir | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; September 19, 2009)


With homosexuality getting increased acceptance in the country, isn’t it time for Bollywood to get a gay, macho character? Actually, it might already have—in Charlie, the lisping ‘bad boy’ hero in this year’s hit, Kaminey.

From bloggers to critics, many have speculated about the sexuality of the character portrayed by Shahid Kapoor. To begin with, Charlie lisps—a standard gay stereotype. Apart from that, his relationship with Mikhail has distinctly homoerotic undertones. The two sing duets in a psychedelic nightclub, dance in the rain and make plans to run away—while rolling on the floor together— when Charlie tells Mikhail about the stash of cocaine he has chanced upon? And a scene where Mikhail
chases Charlie in a red sports car, amid pouring rain, would have had Freud smiling in glee.

What about the ending, which shows Charlie hitched to a gorgeous gal? Blogger Ganesh Chandrashekhar argues that it’s a postdeath dream. ‘‘Charlie dreams of being a successful bookie and married to a woman. This looks like Charlie’s homosexual guilt coming through, because the addition of a female character in the end seemed rather contrived, suggesting that he hopes to be straight in a highly homophobic society.’’

Other bloggers have pointed to Charlie’s emotional breakdown when he sees Mikhail’s corpse. And they see heavy symbolism in Charlie naming his dream bookie venture ‘Mikhail & Co.’, which is set up after he steals diamonds. Which by implication means Charlie stole
diamonds for Mikhail. If that isn’t true love, what is?

Chandan Roy Sanyal, who plays Mikhail, says he is aware of such arguments. ‘‘I don’t think the two
are gay, they just share a brotherly relationship. I grew up like this with my brother, a lot of bonding, touching,’’ he laughs. But he welcomes the buzz about the characters. ‘‘People thinking that Charlie is gay shows they are ready to accept that gay men do not have to be overtly effeminate,’’ says Sanyal, adding that he would love to play a role like Sean Penn in the Hollywood film Milk.

But Bollywood is only taking baby steps with movies like Dostana, says film critic Anupama Chopra. ‘‘We still portray gay men with limp wrists and rainbowcoloured accessories, mostly cast as a comic relief. It is a long time till we get a gay hero who is macho enough to be the lead actor. In fact, Vishal Bhardwaj told me if a sequel is made, Charlie will have a girlfriend,’’ she says. As conspiracy theorists might say, ‘‘Fo fad”.

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Sanjay Dutt’s new tattoo and (inset) while getting it done
MEENA IYER TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; September 2, 2009)

Sanjay Dutt came in his red sports car on Sunday evening to Aalim Hakim’s studio in Bandra for his ninth tattoo. The actor, who has four on his back, two on his chest, two of his forearm and the lastest one on his upperarm, has designed every one of the tattoos personally. Dutt admitted, “I’m addicted to the tattoo needles, and everytime I want to feel high, I call my tattooist Vishwas and ask him to keep the needles ready.”

The incredible hulk…who Bollywood calls a true-blue rock star, bore the pain with a smile (check the photograph!) and the Samurai came alive on his arm.
Dressed in a sleeveless jacket and orange trackpants, Dutt was in a good mood and clicked photographs with fans surrounding his car.

Next day, while dubbing for Blue and All The Best simultaneously — his next two films, Dutt showed of his tattoo like an excited school kid. Stylist Aalim said, “Baba has one of the best bodies in Bollywood and these tattoos only add to his personality.”