‘Romil and Jugal’ by Balaji Telefilms is gonna break stereotypes and change the prejudiced mindset of people.
Romil and Jugal is the love story of two men from warring families. One belongs to a South Indian family and the other one is a Punjabi. There is an instant clash of cultures that the families have to get over besides accepting the fact that their sons love each other.
Acclaimed TV actor Rajeev Siddhartha who played the main antagonist in Anil Kapoor’s 24 on Colors, is playing the role of Romil. Actor Manraj Singh who has been seen in the Sony PAL show Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai is playing Jugal. Actress Maninee will play the Punjabi mom, whereas Suchitra Pillai will play the over emotional South Indian mother. Ragini MMS 2 writer Ishita Moitra has written been the dialogues of Romil and Juggal. The show is reported to release in April 2017 on ALTBalaji, digital arm of Balaji Telefilms.
The show is directed by Nupur Asthana. While the series has a gay love story at its centre, Asthana is hoping that the mainstream audience will accept it too. “It’s a progressive show and I want my mother to enjoy it even if she’s squeamish about watching two boys in love. I want the mainstream audience to be less judgemental when they watch it and realise it’s just another kind of love. The essence is the same as Romeo-Juliet, with two people in love and feuding families and how love conquers all,” she asserts. The show is set in a fictional town in Uttarakhand so there was an outdoor schedule while some parts were shot in Mumbai.
Everyone gonna love this series as it’s new and this is something which needs acknowledgment. Rajeev and Manraj as Romil and Jugal respectively, have an amazing onscreen chemistry. This cute love story with a difference will take the audiences into a dream land of two men who are in immense love with each other.
All About Section 377 will be aired on NDTV Prime at 9 pm on Fridays, beginning 25 November. Episodes will be repeated on Saturdays and Sundays.
India’s first webseries on homosexuality starring Amit Khanna, Ankit Bhatia and Gulshan Nain is now being remade for television. It will be the first TV series on homosexuality and it is also the first time a Web series has been picked up by a national broadcaster.
The lighthearted programme, produced by Weirdoze and The Creative Gypsy, explores the relationship between a homophobic man who moves into the Mumbai home of his gay cousin (played by Amit Khanna) and his boyfriend (Ankit Bhatia). Ultimately, the show is about freedom of love.
The first series reportedly attracted over 40,000 viewers per episode on YouTube when it streamed earlier this year.
Director Amit Khanna says, “NDTV Prime got in touch with us last month to discuss the formalities and we were elated. The limited online audience gave us encouraging feedback, and by airing it on television, issues of LGBT community will grab more eyeballs.”
HIV does not disciminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This is a shame that some homophobic people use AIDS as a tool for stigmatizing homosexuality.
But section 377 and homophobia prevent MSMs to approach healthcare, and it makes them at high risk of HIV.
Prevention is always better than cure. So we urge everyone to take precautions like using condoms and PrEP to avoid risk of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Go for the HIV testing on a regular basis.
A person is born with a sexuality and he has the right as well as responsibility to be safe and sexy. Spread the message of practicing safe sex. 👍
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