These Two Characters From Udta Punjab Were Supposed To Be Homosexual

Shreemi Verma , 16 Aug 2016
Udta Punjab
Udta Punjab

Noted film critic Raja Sen interviewed the director Abhishek Chaubey and writer Sudip Sharma of Udta Punjab, for Rediff.com where they spoke at length about the challenges in releasing the film and the drug problem in Punjab. But it wasn’t such a serious chat, the men revealed how they wanted to make a ‘hipster’ film and how Kareena Kapoor‘s character was supposed to be man called Gulab Singh. The most interesting part of this discussion was how Diljit Dosanjh‘s character – Sartaj Singh and Gulab’s track was loaded with homo-eroticism. Here’s an excerpt –

AbhishekEarlier Kareena’s role was that of a male character. Gulab Singh and Sartaj Singh. And Gulab Singh was some sort of activist. And this happens with Sartaj, the brother angle, and then they set off on this. And (laughs) a sort of homo-eroticism started creeping in. And I thought yeh zyaada ho jaayega ab. (Laughs)

SudipWe did run with it for a while.

AbhishekA long while. But then we decided (that angle) would deflect too much from what we were trying to address.

SudipThere is a whole sexual angle to heroin, because it is thought to enhance sexual performance.

Interesting!

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh (Source: Instagram)
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh (Source: Instagram)

Read the entire interview here.

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