Over the years, many TV serials and movies have been made in India on group of boys or girls but homosexual characters were ignored like they didn’t exist in the society. Recently Viacom18 launched ShaadiBoys and Bindass brought The Trip and these are stories with multiple characters. There were chances where queer characters could have been used as the representers of the community, but unfortunately no one has given thought to this idea.
Homosexuals were starving for the entertainment of their kind and Ekta Kapoor came as the saviour. With the story of desi Gay Romeo and Juliet her newly launched video streaming platform AltBalaji is already winning hearts of LGBTQ and she doesn’t stop there.
If you think that Romil and Jugal is the only web-series from the house of AltBalaji that glorifies The Great India Gay Men, then you are wrong. Another web-series titled Boygiri that is currently streaming on Kapoor’s digital platforms has an interesting gay twist in the story. The show is fun, pure, unadulterated, slaphappy comic story of boys next door. It is an authentic take on (the unfortunate notion) men will be boys and the overarching awkwardness of being boys.
Directed by theatre producer, film and TV writer Akarsh Khurana Boygiri revolves around the lives of six Indian men and out of these six; one protagonist is a happy gay man. Divyang Thakkar, Amey Wagh, Adarsh Khurana, Ajit Singh, Chaitanya Sharma, Abir Abrar, Rashi Mal and Mantra Mugdh play the show’s pivotal characters.
Manjot played by Adarsh Khuarana represents that gay guy in a straight group in metro city. It’s a realistic character many homosexual men can form an instant connect with. The character was introduced with a poster in which Manjot has is seen wearing a suit with Spiderman boxer along with an appealing quote “I don’t bite; not unless you want me to.”
Movie critic Aniruddha Guha shared his thought on Twitter “The first 5 epis of #Boygiri on @altbalaji are among the funniest you’ll see on the Indian web. Whoever cut the trailer needs to be fired.”
Actress and former Femina Miss India International Sonnalli Seygall congratulated AltBalaji team by Twitting “Saw #boygiri ..super funny! @tansworld n #ding done a great job of making it! Congratulations on ur first of many awesome ones to come!”
Young Shubham Adhikari loved Boygiri and commenting on the web-series he said “It’s a type of web-series which we definitely needed. Free, foolish, honest, loving and awesome. I have watched the whole series and waiting for the next season.”
Abhishek Satam shared his feeling by commenting on Youtube “Wow! He is that one gay guy who loves cricket. Soulmate found.”
Rahi Ranadive [@rahiranadive] Twitted “#Boygiri is such an epic concept!! Laughing my heart out! @amey_ameyjwagh you’re rockinggg. @AkvariousProdns superb.”
Manu Sharma appreciated Balaji for this concept and he liked the innovative idea which is different from the regular daily soaps on Indian Television.
Kartikey Kashyap commented on the YouTube “These are the kind of episodes I want to watch with my friends. It’s absolutely amazing and funny.”
Kalpana Kakkar expressed her thought on YouTube “Great Series. Great Content. Total Entertainment!”
Bhushan Raut commented on Facebook “Manjoth was a very no homo homosexual, but at times I liked it the way how he is accepted by the other members except Bhalla and I find the humour was very and the Marathi character steals the show at times.”