DOSTANA MEM­O­RIES WITH KIRRON KHER

It’s the ninth an­niver­sary of Dostana to­day, and Bol­ly­wood vet­eran Kirron Kher says that the beauty of the film was a mother’s ac­cep­tance of her son be­ing gay

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Nine years ago, on this day, when Ab­hishek Bachchan and John Abra­ham played a pre­ten­tious gay cou­ple in Tarun Man­sukhani’s Dostana, the au­di­ence was up for a pleas­ant sur­prise. The film, hailed as first of its kind in Bol­ly­wood, showed two men pre­tend­ing to be gay to share an apart­ment with a girl (played by Priyanka Cho­pra) and both end up fall­ing for her. Its song Maa Da Laadla Bi­gad Gaya — with its hook step — re­mains a favourite among fans. We go down mem­ory lane with Kirron Kher, who played Ab­hishek Bachchan’s mother. The film is special for her, not just for its script but also be­cause she shared a great bond with her co-stars.

“Since I al­ready knew Priyanka, John and Ab­hishek, it was like work­ing within the fam­ily. Though I don’t think it was the first time a film showed gay peo­ple, its beauty was the mother’s ac­cep­tance of [her son be­ing gay]. That, I think, was new in In­dian cinema and made the film in­ter­est­ing,” she says, adding that it wasn’t a se­ri­ous film on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and rather a “comic take” on the sub­ject.

Kirron re­calls a scene she found the fun­ni­est — the part where she blesses Ab­hishek and lov­ingly gives her kanga a (ban­gle) to John to bless him m as his son’s life part­ner. “The fun­ni­est part was when I said my di­a­logue ‘Jeete raho… phoolo phalo’, Tarun, our di­rec­tor, sud­denly came to mme and said ‘Khair chhodo, yeh toh ho nahi sakta’. So, that ‘Khair chhodo’ was some­thing that wasn’t in the script and was added im­promptu. And it lit­er­ally brought the house down in the the­atres and even on set while shoot­ing.”

In 2012, re­ports did the rounds that the film’s mak­ers were plan­ning a se­quel with additional cast mem­bers. On this, an ex­cited Kirron says, “Yes, Tarun had come to me with the script and they had writ­ten a cou­ple of ver­sions of the se­quel, but ap­par­ently, [they] were not sat­is­fied with it. I read it and heard the nar­ra­tion, too, and it was quite in­ter­est­ing, but I don’t know what hap­pened af­ter that, as it didn’t ma­te­ri­alise.”

Asked what her role in the se­quel was shap­ing up like, Kirron says, “My char­ac­ter goes on to join pol­i­tics and is run­ning some­thing of her own and had turned into a gay rights ac­tivist. It was quite in­ter­est­ing. Let’s see if that hap­pens in fu­ture, as noth­ing has come up in all these years, so I can’t say,” she signs off.

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Kirron Kher’s char­ac­ter was hi­lar­i­ous. Here, she is seen with her on­screen son, Ab­hishek Bachchan (far left) and his ‘boyfriend’ in the film, John Abra­ham. The movie was shot in Mum­bai and Mi­ami

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