Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor opens up and talks about her upcoming film “Dostana 2”, a sequel to the 2008 hit “Dostana”, aims at normalising homosexuality.
Janhvi praised her co-star Kartik Aaryan for signing a project other male stars would have shied away from taking on.
The 2008 film chronicled the story of two men who pretend to be gay to share an apartment with a girl with whom they eventually fall in love.
Directed by Tarun Mansukhani, the original featured Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
The new take, directed by Collin D’Cunha, also stars debutant Lakshya.
In an interview with PTI, Kapoor said “Dostana 2” has been made keeping in mind the sensibilities of the current times and the team is conscious about depicting an authentic representation of homosexuality.
“‘Dostana 2’ looks at normalising homosexuality. There’s still a stigma around it. Honestly, kudos to Kartik who is mainstream and is known for being the heartthrob of the nation to take on a role that I think most actors would shy away from because it is about homosexuality,” she said.
The sequel would mark the 23-year-old actor’s third film with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, after 2018 debut “Dhadak” and last year’s “Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl”.
Janhvi said “Dostana 2” will be an addition to the same sex love stories in Bollywood, which are few and far between.
The pop-culture space, Kapoor said, is full of mostly heterosexual romantic stories and they have tried to make a film which the community would be able to relate to.
“It’s a cool film that normalises homosexuality. It is not caricaturish. You have these iconic (heterosexual) love stories like ‘DDLJ’, ‘Jab We Met’ and other romantic-comedies. But people who identify themselves as homosexuals, don’t have that,” she said.
“I’m not saying that’s what we are promising to do, but from our end, it’s an attempt. It’s a fun film and I really can’t wait for the audience to see it,” she added.
Kapoor further shared that she has finished half of the “Dostana 2” shoot and would complete the remaining portions post “Good Luck Jerry”.
Backed by Aanand L Rai, “Good Luck Jerry” went on floors in January. It is directed by Sidharth Sengupta and written by Pankaj Matta.
The actor said while it is too early to reveal the details, she described the film as a “mix of action, comedy and thrill”.
Kapoor will next be seen on the big screen in the horror-comedy “Roohi”, co-starring Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma.