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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

I’m gay, says new Archie comic character


It’s official. Eternal teen Archie Andrews will soon be joined in his escapades at Riverdale High by an openly gay friend — Kevin Keller.

A screengrab from shows gay comic character Kevin Keller in Archie Comic series. Keller will make his debut in the fall season issue of the comics.Kevin is the latest fictional character to have come out of the closet in a world where good always triumphs over evil.

As more and more cartoonists and comic writers embrace the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) theme, usually kept out of the purview of young audiences, readers weigh the merits of an all-inclusive world against traditional morality.

The outing of Albus Dumbledore, headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series, caused an explosion of interest on the internet in 2007.

Sexuality of comic heroes – who cares?

Baboons! Baby-snatchers! Bagpipers!

Is this what the Peter Pan world of comics is coming to?

A recent article in The Times has taken Tintin fans by surprise and thrown the Internet chat forums into a tizzy.

Dostana: A spectacular first half but nothing great overall


‘Dostana’ is a path-breaking Bollywood film alright. Maybe not for gay rights but certainly the number of times the word ‘gay’ has been used in a single film.

Indians hoping for a “Brokeback Mountain” may do well to stay away from this slapstick comedy about two men pretending to be a gay couple in order to lay hands on a top-notch condo overlooking the sun-kissed sands of Miami.

Going gay in Bollywood


A lot of taboos are being broken in Bollywood today. Kissing on screen is no longer frowned upon. Protagonists actually have grey shades. Having live-in relationships and pre-marital sex is no longer the preserve of villains.

gay.jpgAnd now the Indian film industry is set to break another barrier.

For years the word gay was all but banned in the oh-so-straight world of Bollywood, where heroes were always blue-blooded heterosexuals, with a harem of girls at their feet while heroines had eyes only for the opposite sex.