Summary: Anshuman Jha and Zareen Khan’s film Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele has an extraordinary storyline. The narrative revolves around the “coming out story” of the LGBTQ protagonists.
Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele is Bollywood’s first LGBTQ film. The movie stars Anshuman Jha and Zareen Khan portraying the role of homosexual protagonists. Both the characters in the story go on to defy the stereotype “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”. Other actors like Ravi Khanvilkar, Gurfateh Pirzada, Nitin Sharma Jahnvi Rawat and Denzil Smith play key roles in the movie.
Zareen Khan is the lead actress and Anshuman Jha playing the male lead Veer and also doubling up as a producer of the film. The story is about a gay and a lesbian travelling together from Delhi to Mcleodgunj. This road trip later turns out to be a life-changing journey for both the individuals. The film was screened in Manhattan on November 22 under the ‘Friday Night Premiere’ section at the South Asian International Film Festival.
Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele story: Zareen Khan and Anshuman Jha celebrates queer love and friendship.
Anshuman Jha plays the role of Veer while Zareen Khan plays the role of Mansi in this Harish Vyas directorial. The narrative revolves around these two individuals with polar opposite personalities that end up being good friends. The twist in the story is the revelation of both Veer and Mansi’s homosexuality. Both characters have their backstory and, it is interesting to watch the bond they share. The movie deals with the topic of homosexuality humorously. It aims at challenging the social prejudices and the stigma attached to homosexuality in India. The scenes in the movie have been shot completely in and around Delhi, Noida and Dharamshala.
The film won the Best Film award in New York at the HBO South Asian Film Festival last year, where its world premiere was also held. The film got showcased at the Rajasthan Film Festival this year, where it bagged Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress award. Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele was originally slated for a March release but due to the lockdown the date was pushed ahead till the lockdown is over. In the end, the makers decided to release the film on an OTT platform like many other films that got released digitally.
The LGBTQ+ themed film “Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele” will be released digitally on Hotstar instead of getting a usual theatrical release, amid the pandemic lockdown. Also, watch out for the film’s track,’ Bullah Ki Jaana’ sung by the talented musician Adil Rasheed. The song marks the film’s tribute to the great poet Bulleh Shah, a Punjabi philosopher and Sufi poet.