10 Years of Dostana: What It Meant For an India Where Homosexuality Was Still a Crime

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10 Years of Dostana: What It Meant For an India Where Homosexuality Was Still a Crime

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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t’s been a whole decade since the rainbow-hued glory of Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana graced our screens – and for once, it doesn’t feel like Bollywood’s biggest almost-gay blockbuster released just yesterday.

On one hand, it’s difficult to deny Dostana’s status as an era-defining classic. Like any noughties’ film worth its salt, it featured bright, beachy locations, all the better to show off a trio of bronzed, six-packed leads (okay, two bronzed, six-packed leads and Abhishek Bachchan). It has the candy-coloured bubbliness of a tropical cocktail, and the requisite appearance of Kirron Kher as Jr Bachchan’s long-suffering Punjabi mom who is unable to get with the times.

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