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Jackie Shroff comes out as Gay: Or Not

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Jackie Shroff, one of the leading mainstream actor in Bollywood who have been in the industry for 28 years has come out as gay. He is the 1st mainstream actor to come out.

He is married to Ayesha Dutt who is also a producer and has two children.

After decades of speculations about his sexuality on the sole basis of the series of movies he did in his initial years with Anil Kapoor can now be put to rest. Rumors were ripe regarding Anil Kapoor’s sexuality when after Jackie,  Anupam Kher started starring in almost all his movies.

It takes a lot of courage to come out and more so when someone has been perceived as a macho alpha male actor in mainstream cinema for almost 3 decades and not to mention having a wife and grown up kids.

We wish him all the best.

 

UPDATE

Apparently Jackie who is in Mysore now for shooting, is denying ever giving an interview where he declared he is gay.

Here is the excerpt from the Daily News and Analysis ( DNA ) news report. Speculations are, it was a cheap publicity stunt.

http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_i-am-not-gay-jackie-shroff_1623813

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Koffee with Karan and John Abraham

The Koffee was strong, full bodied, rejuvenating and stimulating and unquestionably the gayest episode filmed.

It was very bold on both their parts to go to the extent they did.

Did they go a bit too far? Maybe…

Was is a little uncomfortable at times to sit and watch with our families, yes absolutely.

But having said that, the entire episode kind of looked like two friends playfully picking on each other with no holes barred. ( no pun intended ).

Kudos to John Abraham for being so open and being an advocate of the gays LGBT community.

Among all the good things, the two things that stuck out and not in a good way were two choices of words. I will not go on and on about them. Most probably they came out as harmless words during a general conversation. But one should be conscious of what he is saying. I know its not easy all the time.

1. We don’t choose to be gay in contrary to what Karan said. But yes we choose whether we would lead a gay life or succumb to the societal pressure and try to live a life of lies. That is definitely a choice.

2. Its not a preference. Preference is a conscious choice made of one upon the other. We have no choices. We don’t consciously choose men over women. The same way the straights don’t choose women over men.

I know, those weren’t intentional. None of them are activists so they don’t have to be always politically correct. And on top of that English is not our first language so vocabulary can fall short at times.

So apart from the two above mentioned faux pas, this Koffee with Karan was the most enjoyable of all and a steaming hot one at that.

Congratulations to both.

Nay to Gay in India…

So all hell broke lose, the earth fell off its axis when India saw its 2nd commercial gay film released..  Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyon.

No one is mentioning My Brother Nikhil any more. Why? Is it because the gay story line was very subtle? If people chose to not recognize it as a gay film, they can fool themselves by saying, “Its just friendship.” As there were no kisses or a sex scene in the film. That’s so naive. Or should I say hypocritical.

And Yuvraaj Parasher has been disowned by his family.

Way to go. I came out to my sister 3 weeks back. I was ready to come out to my entire family but my sister asked me not to. Which is fine. But when I decided to come out, I had reached a point where, if my family had disowned me, I wouldn’t have cared. My sister didn’t. She said, it doesn’t matter to her. I am still her little brother. And don’t get me wrong, I love my family to death.

But when a gay man comes out to his family, he has already evaluated the aftermath and has reconciled with that fact. So disowning him, would not make much of a difference. He is not going to turn straight. Disowning is used like a punishment. A punishment that really has no effect on the person as he already has braised himself for that, knew it was coming and already has tuned his mind to move on. In reality…HE shuns them and just carries on.

What these families don’t understand, that we move on. Its them who loses. You shun us, there is a whole world out there who would accept us. At one point, the constant pain would reduce to an occasional pinch and then to nothing. But its the family who would be frozen in time.

And in this case, as Yuvraaj is in movies, they would be reminded of him everytime his face is splashed on the tabloid. The irony is, he is not even gay. Atleast we don’t know …. yet.

So it Yuvraaj… hang in there kiddo. There is a bigger family out there who has open their arms wide to take you in. Whether you are gay or not doesn’t matter to us.

For we don’t judge.

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