I saw Dostana yesterday. It was a good film.
I have one problem with it however. There is a scene in the film where Abhishek Bachchan asks Priyanka Chopra if she is ok with the whole gay thing. Is she comfortable with the fact that Abhishek and John Abraham, who are going to be staying in her house are gay? Priyanka then replies saying that of course she's ok with it. 'Its your choice'.
This is one misconception that people have. They call being gay a 'choice'. It is not a choice. It is how people are made. Their genetic make-up. When you like something, it is not that you consciously decide to like it. You just like it.
Similarly when people are attracted to others of the opposite sex or the same sex, it is not a conscious decision they are making. It is just a part of their system. Their genes are just wired that way. Its not as if at some point in life, a person decides which sex he or she is going to be attracted to.
The worst possible reaction of course, is to think that gays are perverts and that something is 'wrong' with them or that they are 'diseased'. This is ridiculous. But attributing this to a choice that they have made is wrong too.
Another common misconception that people have about gays is that they are always effeminate. Bollywood has constantly portrayed gays as effeminate. Well, some gays are effeminate but definitely not all. Nobody can make out that a person is gay just from physical appearance. In an attempt to burlesque gays and raise some laughs, Bollywood has been severely guilty of this faulty depiction.
It is high time we moved away from such stereotypes and mistaken notions.