‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’, which is a same-sex love story between Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar, has reportedly been banned in Dubai and UAE.
When the producers offered to cut out the scene in which the actors lock lips, they were told that it was not about the kiss in particular but the theme of homosexuality.
A source from Dubai told a leading portal, “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 normalises a gay relationship. Sadly, all films with a gay content are banned in these parts.”
On the other hand, Ayushmann Khurrana lauded Bollywood for its progressiveness. “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.