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Gulabi Aaina (2003)

A unique film coming from India where homosexuality is still taboo, The Pink Mirror (Gulabi Aaina), is a colorful funny look into the Indian homosexual closet.

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Sridhar Rangayan

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Saagar Gupta (dialogue), Sridhar Rangayan
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Cast overview:
Edwin Fernandes Edwin Fernandes ... Shabbo
Ramesh Menon Ramesh Menon ... Bibbo
Rishi Raj Rishi Raj ... Mandy
Rufy Khan Rufy Khan ... Samir (as Rufy Baqal)
Deepak Sonavane Deepak Sonavane ... Friend
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The Pink Mirror pits two Indian drag queens against a westernized gay teenager in a battle to woo a handsome hunk. It's a clash of the east and west. Who will win? The drag queens, who are expert in the art of seduction with their wit, innuendo and cunning or the young teenager who is saucy, slutty and sly? Underneath the campy humorous exterior, the film is an exploration of the Indian gay landscape and understanding of the deep, humanly tender bondings that exist between drag queens in India who form unique, non-patriarchal families. Using the Bollywood soap idiom of song, dance and drama and for the first time in the Indian drag queens' very own language, Hindi, the film also explores other veiled issues related to the Indian gay community: the lurking threat of HIV/AIDS. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Short

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Official Sites:

Solaris Pictures

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

14 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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Garbage, save your time
22 September 2017 | by ComedyFan2010See all my reviews

What did I just watch? It was so bad....

The movie is said to be the first depiction of drag queens in India and even prohibited in it's country. Or at least it was, I am not sure about the current status since the movie came out in 2003 and for all we know it isn't considered offensive now. But even if it is banned people are not missing much.

From the opening on it seems like soft core porn to me although there isn't really any porn, just the shower scene comes close. But all the music, the cuts, it really felt like some old school porn.

I won't say anything against the acting abilities of the actors. They seem to haven't done anything before or after, except for Rufy Khan who has done a few movies after that. And maybe they could do it well in a good movie, but here they just made some sickening exaggeration of constantly horny drag queens and gays. The flirting moments in the movie were gross, the giggling, the facial expressions, everything.

Why was the part of HIV in it? Just to summarize everything connected with homosexuality? Felt so useless in there.

Supposed to be comedy but I saw nothing funny or any joke. Maybe not being part of Indian gay culture made them unnoticeable for me.

Luckily it is a short movie, but I still feel sad to have lost that half an hour from my life and would like to warn others to avoid it.


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