What distinguishes Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Ala from other gay characters is a question that the film raises through its plot – characters with opposite sexual orientation
New Delhi. In Hindi cinema, the attitude of showing gay subjects on screen has changed from the last few times. Instead of just creating funny humor through such characters, the tradition of showing them with seriousness has started. Its precedent in mainstream cinema can be considered Ayushman Khurana’s ‘Shubh Mangal Baad Saadhon’, a light-hearted gay love story and its protagonist is a mainstream actor in Hindi cinema.
The recently released Ekta Kapoor-produced web series ‘The Married Woman’ and ‘His Story’ highlight the family and social aspects of homosexuality in women and men. While the plot of films and web series may have shown maturity in ways of showing the subject of homosexuality, there still exists a large section that considers homosexuality as a disease in real life.
Harish Vyas, directed by Disney Plus Hotstar, released on May 9, is also a romantic drama film underlining the same social sentiment, with both of its main characters coming from the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community, ie Both male and female characters are gay. Anshuman Jha’s character is Veer Randhawa Gay, while Zarine Khan’s character is Mansi Lesbian.
However, what distinguishes ‘Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele’ from other gay characters is a question that the film raises through its plot – what is the attraction or love between characters with opposite sexual orientation? What is the meaning and what is its culmination? ‘Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Alone’ underscores the issue of family acceptance of the gay community, but does not go deep into it.
The story of ‘Hum Bhi Ekle Tum Bhi Akela’ starts with Zarine Khan’s character Mansi’s narration 369 days back from the current day. Mansi is from Meerut. Is lesbian. The parents know about the disease, but the father is sorry that he could not find a cure for it. A boy is being searched for Mansi’s wedding. After all, Mansi runs away from home and goes to Delhi. Mansi is an unassuming, reckless and lively girl.
On the other hand, Anshuman Jha’s character is Veer Gay and runs away from home on the day of his match and comes to Delhi to meet his lover Akshay (Gurfteh Pirzada). His father has been a Colonel in the Army. According to strict discipline and father’s will, Anshuman could never muster the courage to speak his mind to his family members. Before rushing on matchmaking day, instead of telling himself, he puts the responsibility of sending information about it to his family.
Mansi and Veer meet in an LGBT club in Delhi and the friendship begins by getting to know each other. Married, Akshay accepts Veer’s love but refuses to be with him due to family, social and business pressures. Veer breaks down. Mansi is going to McLeod Ganj to meet her girlfriend (Jahnavi Rawat).
Seeing the mental state of Veer, she offers to walk with him, which Veer accepts and both go on such a road trip. In this road trip, there are some such incidents with both of them, which change their attitude of life. Mansi’s girlfriend is unable to say her wish in front of her father. However, Mansi’s courage gives Veer courage and he is able to openly talk about his sexual orientation in front of his family. Mansi and Veer, who are lonely from their lovers, find shelter in each other.
After some time, Mansi’s girlfriend comes to him. But then an accident occurs and Mansi is challenged to choose one of his girlfriend and Veer. Whom does she choose, in this, the message of ‘Hum bhi akele tum bhi aale’ is also hidden.
Harish Vyas and Susan Fernandes have written the film. If you leave aside the sexual orientation of the characters of the film, at times it reminds me of Imtiaz Ali’s very popular film Jab We Met. The portrayal of the characters Khaskar, Mansi and Veer are reminiscent of Geet (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Aditya (Shahid Kapoor).
Of course, the events of the two films are different, but the reason for their existence seems to be the same. In the beginning of the film, it seems that the story will go on to talk decisively on the issue of social acceptability of gay and lesbian people, but the issue seems to be moving towards the climax and the film goes on a different track and wanders off. Seems to be happening.
The biggest highlight of this film is the acting of Zarine Khan. Zarine’s film career, which debuted as a traditional heroine in Hindi cinema from Salman Khan’s film Veer, may not have been very impressive, but Hum Bhi Tum Tum Bhi also presents a different dimension to Zarin’s acting alone. Zarin is very comfortable in Mansi’s unfettered character. His impudence and recklessness is the life of this film, which was fully supported by the hesitance and sensitivity of Veer, the exact opposite of Anshuman. The supporting cast of the film has performed well.
Dialogues are easy and common conversational humors. Some time there comes a little philosophicalism. The lyrics of the film adapt to the circumstances and enhance the impact of the visuals. In particular, the use of Bulla’s Jana in various emotional situations is good. There is a halt in the direction of Harish Vyas. There is no hurry to show the scenes. Due to this, the film’s departure is affected in some places, but this laxity is taken into account by the actors.
Artists – Zarine Khan, Anshuman Jha, Gurfateh Pirzada, Jahnavi Rawat, Nitin Sharma, Denzil Smith etc.
Director– Harish Vyas
Producer– Anshuman Jha, First Ray Films.
Star- ** 1/2 (two and a half stars)