Ayushmann to play a queer character

Sakal Times
Thursday, 9 May 2019

While the first instalment, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan addressed the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction in the most light-hearted manner, the second instalment delves into the subject of homosexuality

The hit jodi of Aanand L Rai and Ayushmann Khurrana  is back with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. After the sleeper hit Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017) starring Ayushmann and Bhumi Pednekar, comes the second installment of the successful franchise from the makers of successful family entertainers — Raanjhanaa and Tanu Weds Manu and Happy Bhag Jayegi franchise. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is directed by Hitesh Kewalya. 

While the first instalment, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan addressed the taboo subject of erectile dysfunction in the most light-hearted manner, the second instalment delves into the subject of homosexuality.

Taking the highly anticipated franchise ahead are Rai, who is known for his eclectic choice of stories and Ayushmann Khurrana, whose second name is experimenting. While details remain unknown at this juncture, casting is underway and the film is scheduled to release early next year. 

Says Aanand of Colour Yellow Productions, “The success of Shubh Mangal Saavdhan encouraged us to turn it into a franchise which tackles taboo subjects in the most light-hearted manner. With Zyada Saavdhan, we have a great story in hand and who better, but Ayushmann to play the lead since he brings a whole new level of expression to the table. Hope audiences enjoy it as much as the first film.”

Ayushmann  adds, “It is a beautiful story told in the quintessential Aanand Rai style of filmmaking that will touch your hearts and leave a smile on your face. It is one of the most brilliant films that I have read in a long time and it handles the subject of homosexuality really sensitively. It is a pleasure to collaborate again with the master storyteller of our times. It is an out and out entertaining film that will also make you think and that’s the hallmark of good cinema.”

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