Meiyang Chang Does Justice to His Homosexual Character in UNTAG

Actor-singer Meiyang Chang, plays the role of a gay man in the web series ‘Untag’ and he has made sure he doesn’t play the role in a stereotypical way.

His character in ‘Untag’ is Nischay Barua, who is an MBA, a marathon runner, a painter and a poet. Navin Polishetty has played the role of his partner. It is a 6-episode series and the story focuses on how to accept who you are in a judgemental society. UnTag is about the tags that are given to lot of people. It is an entertaining way to tell people that to not tag or judge others.

In real life, Chang is a multi-talented person who can act and sing besides having a degree in dental surgery. He was first seen in Indian Idol season 5 and made his Bollywood debut in movies ‘Badmaash Company’ and ‘Byomkesh Bakshy’. He has also lifted Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 4 winner trophy.

Chang told PTI, “My primary concern was not to be the stereotypical, caricaturish character that our Bollywood films have done. It has created a very incorrect perception of the gay community. Bollywood needs to handle such portrayals with more sensitivity. Hollywood films have dealt with gay characters with grace an dignity, something which Indian movies need to follow. One recent example of a good attempt by Bollywood was Fawad Khan’s character in ‘Kapoor & Sons’.

He says,”In the real world, gay men come in all sizes, shapes and types, just like anybody else.”

Chang wouldn’t mind getting intimate with another man in any gay act. In an interview with Spotboey, he said,”While doing this show, I was told before that there would be no intimate scenes. But suppose another gay character comes my way and there is intimacy required, then why not?”


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